Report No.3 of 2018 - Social, General and Economic Sectors (Non-PSU) Government of Delhi

Overview

This Report contains three performance audits viz. (i) ‘Functioning of AYUSH’, (ii) ‘Development and Strengthening of Delhi Road Network by the Municipal Corporations of Delhi’, and (iii) ‘Working of Department of Weights and Measures, Delhi with special focus to safeguard interests of Consumers’ and 13 paragraphs with financial implication of ` 324.81 crore relating to expenditure without approval, wasteful expenditure, non-recovery of mobilisation advance, unfruitful expenditure on projects, non-recovery of land cost, irregular payment of allowances and idle investment.

Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, not a single toilet was constructed in two and half years since its inception on 2 October 2014 and all the funds totaling ` 40.31 crore allocated for this purpose remain idle in banks. Deficiencies in implementation of registration and digitization of beneficiaries under National Food Security Act, 2013 were noted.Deficiencies in implementation of registration and digitization of beneficiaries under National Food Security Act, 2013 were noted.

Performance audit on ‘Functioning of AYUSH’ (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) highlights shortage of medical staff and non-availability of infrastructure and equipment in hospitals and dispensaries under the Directorate of AYUSH.  Less than 50 per cent of the essential medicines were available in Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathic Dispensaries during 2012-17.There were violations of Departmental procurement policy in purchase of Classical Ayurvedic and Unani medicines.

 Performance audit on ‘Development and Strengthening of Delhi Road Network by the Municipal Corporations of Delhi’ brought out extra expenditure on works relating to construction and maintenance of roads in MCD such as post tendering increase in scope of work and design, non-recovery of advances, unfruitful expenditure due to incomplete remodelling of road, post tendering changes in bid etc.

Performance audit of Working of Department of Weights and Measures revealed that the Department did not have any database of users of weights and measures nor prepare any annual plans to conduct inspections for ensuring accuracy of weights and measures.  Meters of more than 60,000 taxis and Auto rickshaws remained unverified.  The Department also suffered from shortage of manpower and infrastructure which limited its ability in discharging its mandated functions.  No Fair Price Shop under the four selected zones was inspected during 2012-14 and only a few were inspected during 2014-17.

Directorate of Education could not finalize Delhi Sports Policy as a follow up of National Sports Policy 2001. Sports facilities were not evenly distributed amongst various districts with the result that out of 13 districts, three districts did not have a single sports facility under DoE whereas six districts did not have any sports facility other than swimming pools. Forest Department and other Greening Agencies could plant only 28.12 lakh trees during 2014-17 against a target of 36.57 lakh which also did not lead to commensurate increase in area under tree and forest cover. Thirty two out of 68 blood banks in the National Capital Territory of Delhi were functioning without valid licenses.  Only 36 Blood Banks updated information regarding availability of blood/blood components on National Health Portal.  Voluntary blood collection declined from 54.55 per cent in 2014-15 to 45.20 per cent in 2016-17. There was irregular payment of Learning Resource Allowance and Academic Allowance by Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences. Twenty six hospitals/directorates of GNCTD made irregular payment of transport allowance amounting to ` 14.79 crore. 

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