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CAG observes several shortcomings in the country’s flood management programme

NEW DELHI: A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has observed several shortcomings in the country’s Flood Management Programme and its execution and noted that there has been a 60% shortfall in release of central funds to Assam for implementing those programme.

The report, tabled in the Parliament on Friday, said in eight out of 17 States/UTs, the flood management works were not taken up in an integrated manner covering entire river/tributary or a major segment of rivers/tributaries.

It also highlighted that against a target for installation of additional 219 Telemetry Stations, 310 base stations and 100 flood forecasting stations during the 12th Plan period, only 56 telemetry stations had been installed as of August 2016.

“Out of 375 telemetry stations, 222 number of telemetry stations were non-functional after installation and thus real time data was not available for the corresponding periods”, said the report, flagging the shortcomings of the entire programme where the Central Water Commission (CWC) had to depend on manual data for flood forecasting even after investing in modernisation of telemetry station network for nearly 20 years.

“This defeated the purpose of establishment of telemetry equipment for meeting the requirement of real time data collection, its transmission and flood forecast formulation”, said the CAG report.

On Assam, the CAG noted that the Centre was to share over Rs 2043 crore with the state for implementing 141 projects between 2007-08 and 2015-16. Of this, it however released Rs 812.22 crore – a shortfall of Rs 1230.97 crore.

“There was a shortfall in release of central assistance by 60%. Further, the state government also did not release 84% of the allocated budget provision. Insufficient flow of funds adversely affected the implementation of schemes,” the report said.

Source : timesofindia



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