Norms violated for raising community centres: CAG

The norms for selecting habitats dominated by SC people under the Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP) and Uttarakhand procurement rules were violated while constructing the community centres (barat ghars) in Bhagwanpur kshetra panchayat leading to wasteful expenditure of several crores, as per the latest CAG report tabled during the Budget session of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly.The report states that an unavoidable Rs 68.54 lakh was incurred on the construction of an additional unit of community centre in two habitats of kshetra panchayat of Bhagwanpur violating the SCSP scheme.Further an expenditure of Rs 2.37 crore was incurred on execution of inadmissible works in Bhagwanpur under the SCSP plan in the same kshetra panchayat.The basic objective of the SCSP is to ensure that the flow of funds in the state plans go into the development of Scheduled Castes at least in proportion to their population both in physical financial terms.The report states that in kshetra panchayat Bhagwanpur (Haridwar district) administrative approval and financial sanctions of Rs 8.88 crore was accorded (January-March 2014) for construction of community centres in 27 habitats. The job of the Bloc Development Officer (BDO) was to ensure no duplication of work was undertaken and these were constructed in areas dominated by SC-dominated people.In Sikanderpur-Bhainswala and Manakpur- Adampur (two habitats falling under KP), four community centres/barat ghars (two in each habitat) costing Rs 34.27 lakh each were constructed. “This resulted in avoidable expenditure of Rs 68.54 lakh of one additional unit of community centre in each of the two habitats,” says the report.Further the demographic structure of the habitat was also not taken into consideration. Twentythree of the 27 community centres were constructed by spending Rs 7.53 crore, where the total SC population was less than 50 per cent and six habitats with more than 50 per cent SC population was not selected.Further, the Audit report notes that the construction of community centres, each costing Rs 31.55 lakh, in 2013-2014 and Rs 34.27 lakh in 2014-2015 was in violation of the provisions of the Uttarakhand procurement rules.

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