This Audit Report has been prepared in six chapters. Chapters I to V deal with Social, Economic, General, Public Sector Undertakings and Revenue Sectors, and Chapter VI deals with Follow up of Audit observations. This Report contains 25 audit paragraphs (including eight general paragraphs) and six Performance Reviews including an Integrated Audit of Animal Husbandry, Livestock, Fisheries and Veterinary Services Department. According to the existing arrangements, copies of the draft audit paragraphs and draft performance reviews were sent to the Secretary of the Department concerned by the Principal Accountant General (Audit) with a request to furnish replies within six weeks. Replies were received from the departments concerned except in respect of eight paragraphs.
The Scheme facilitated employment generation, adequate women participation, strengthening of rural infrastructure to a large extent, enhancement in purchasing power and improved health and educational status, etc. However, the implementation needed strengthening in planning, financial management and execution of works. The development and Annual Plans need be prepared as per the stipulations in the MGNREGS guidelines to capture realistic projection of employment and asset creation. The belated transfer of funds to Blocks and GPs need be addressed to ensure timely payment of wages to wage earners. The data and record management needs to be strengthened to capture appropriate complete data. Besides, submission of dated application by the wage earners and also issue of dated acknowledgement by the GPs needs to be insisted upon to ensure provisioning of employment within fifteen days of demand. Labour intensive works needs be executed to ensure compliance to the wage material ratio of 60:40.
Non-deduction/short realisation of mandatory labour cess of RS 1.94 crore by Roads & Bridges, Building & Housing and Tourism & Civil Aviation departments besides violating the statutory provisions, adversely impacted the welfare measures targeted for the benefit of construction workers involved in various construction works all over the State The expenditure of RS 5.31 crore by Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare Department incurred on the project aimed at providing quality educational facilities to the socially and educationally backward children from the Other Backward Classes (OBC) remained unfruitful as the project was incomplete even after 10 years from the date of approval by the Cabinet.