Report No 3 of 2017 - Social General Economic Sectors Non PSUs Himachal Pradesh

Overview

Performance Audits:

Schemes for upkeep/ improvement of livestock: A performance audit of the implementation of schemes relating to upkeep/ improvement of livestock in the State brought out weak planning, non-achievement of targets for improving livestock productivity and undue delay in execution and completion of infrastructure projects.

Environment clearance and post clearance monitoring: A performance audit of implementation of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2006 and the grant of environment clearance and post clearance monitoring brought out that the institutional mechanisms and procedures for environment impact assessment and identification of environmental concerns as well as monitoring and enforcement of mitigation measures were weak.

Upgradation and maintenance of National Highways: The review brought out lack of systemic annual plans with clear milestones and timelines for development and maintenance of national highways and shortfalls in achievement of targets for upgradation, repair and maintenance, non-utilisation/ diversion of funds, works/ projects lying incomplete and ineffective quality control.

Preparedness for Disaster Management in Himachal Pradesh: The review brought out weaknesses in the functioning of institutional structures and processes as well as inadequate disaster preparedness that undermined the ability of the State machinery to quickly and effectively respond to disasters.

Integrated Watershed Management Programme: There were instances of funds remaining unutilised, non-maintenance of record, non-adherence to cost norms, overlapping of projects and ineffective monitoring.

Compliance Audit:

In addition to above, 13 paragraphs including thematic paragraphs with financial implication of ₹ 67.62 crore relating to excess payment, unfruitful/ infructuous/ unproductive expenditure, deviation of Acts/ rules/ provisions of agreement and irregular withdrawal and blocking of funds are included in the Report.

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