Odisha’s GSDP rose 15.6% from Rs 3,09,807 cr in 2014-15 to Rs 3,32,329 cr in 2015-16: CAG report

Bhubaneswar: Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report tabled in Odisha Assembly . As per the CAG Report Odisha’s GSDP rose 15.6% from Rs 3,09,807 cr in 2014-15 to Rs 3,32,329 cr in 2015-16.
Odisha’s Outstanding Public Debt increased from Rs 24,618 cr in 2011-12 to Rs 33,757 cr in 2015-16 says CAG report. Revenue Receipts of Odisha govt increased by 71% during 2011-16 period from Rs 40,267cr to Rs 68,941 crore says CAG report .
CAG report highlights shortage of 660 fire stations in Odisha against a requirement of 840.

On the ICDS scheme, the report observed that 76 per cent of the Anganawadi Centres had no toilet facilities. Infrastructure facilities were not adequate even after four decades of implementation of the scheme.

Monitoring and Supervision of the implementation of the scheme was also not adequate, it said.

“The percentage of utilization of funds in ICDS varied between 63 and 77 against the budgetary provisions during 2011-16. During 2011-16, Rs 1,239.23 crore had not been utilized due to improper estimates of beneficiaries, non-filling up of posts, non-utilisation of unspent balances of previous years lying with field functionaries,” the report revealed.

Funds were not provided for supply of medicine kits to the Anganwadi Centres. As a result, the State had to forgo Central assistance of Rs 25.33 crore, it said.

As of March 2016, out of the 39.78 lakh total child population, 1.39 lakh children had not been covered under the scheme. Similarly, out of 40.51 lakh pregnant women and nursing mothers in the State, 0.44 lakh eligible beneficiaries had remained uncovered.

The performance audit on ‘Special interventions for development of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected district in the State’ showed that special intervention programmes in the areas of development, security and rights recognition were not implemented properly. And also there was mismatch in reporting the progress of distribution of titles as well as implementation of Forest Rights Act (FRA).

On the neonatal/paediatrics care in the Government-run hospitals, the CAG report observed that monitoring and inspection by the State and District level authorities were absent, as a result of which due importance could not be given to the health component of neonatal and paediatrics care.

On modernisation of judicial infrastructure in the State, the CAG report observed that adequate quarters for judicial officers were not available while citizen-centric infrastructure remained absent in existing courts. Idle expenditure on incomplete jail building and also idle investment in drinking water project were pointed out in the report.

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