CAG pulls up Delhi on social schemes implementation

New Delhi: There were various irregularities on the part of Delhi government in implementing social social welfare schemes, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) pointed out in its latest report.

Poor performance of mid-day meal scheme and failure to obtain fund utilisation certificates from various institutions were the chief issues raised by the government auditor in its report tabled in the assembly on Tuesday.

“There were delays in obtaining utilisation certificates (UCs) from various grantee institutions for the grants released to them. Out of a total of 5,235 grants amounting to Rs. 26,434.30 crore given till March 2013, 4,784 UCs amounting to Rs.19,064.02 crore were awaited from various departments at the end of March 2014.

“Out of 4,784 outstanding UCs, 2,267 UCs (47.39 percent) amounting to Rs 5,651.17 crore were due for more than 10 years,” the report said.

The CAG also pointed out that despite being set up 39 years ago, Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation could not chalk out the plan for tourism promotion in the capital.

On the mid-day meal scheme, it said: “Out of 2,102 samples of cooked meals, a total of 1,876 samples (89 percent) failed tests for nutritive value during 2010-14.”