IAP failed in basic aim in LEW districts : CAG report

Bhubaneswar: The Integrated Act Plan (IAP) has failed in its basic aim of filling the critical gap in development of Left-wing extremism affected districts, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has said.

"Programme implementation was marred by abandonment of projects after partial execution, non-implementation of skill development and livelihood programmes for unemployed youths and non-prioritisation of LWE affected areas in allocation of resources," CAG said in its report on general and social sector for the year ended March 2012.

Odisha government, which received Rs 915 crore from the Centre for implementation of IAP programme, could utilise only Rs 564.75 crore (62 per cent) upto March 31, 2012, the report said, adding that the proposals sent by district and block level officers of different departments were approved without pre-evaluating the intended outcome.

Shelf of projects were prepared without identifying critical gaps in infrastructure and services of LWEs hit area.

Bottom up as well as participatory planning approach for identification of projects and assessment of need was totally absent, the report said.