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Govt. pulled up on housing scheme implementation

Special Correspondent

Estimates on housing requirements unreliable: CAG


  • Review covered implementation of housing schemes in the State from January to July 2002
  • Rs. 53.45 crores was forfeited by implementing agencies in the State
  • Zilla, taluk panchayats did not use Rs. 70.65 crores released by the Karnataka Housing Board for Ashraya scheme
  • Delay in finalising list of beneficiaries, staggered release of funds, causing funds to lapse

    GULBARGA: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has pulled up the State Government for falling short on providing houses to the homeless in rural areas.

    The CAG pointed out that the implementation of the scheme by zilla panchayats does not appear to be consistent with the objective of providing houses for all on priority.

    The CAG in its latest report on rural housing schemes said the Government did not have firm and reliable estimates of housing requirements in rural areas.

    While the 1991 Census had put the housing shortage, including houses requiring repairs, at 11.43 lakhs in rural areas, a survey conducted in 1995-96 for the Ashraya Housing Scheme, excluding Gulbarga and Kodagu districts, indicated that there were 6.87 lakh homeless families in the State.

    Another survey conducted by a private organisation estimates that in 2001, the housing shortage was 16.08 lakh, while the National Buildings Organisation estimated the shortage at 3.9 lakhs for the same year.

    Records checked

    The CAG review of the audit covered the implementation of housing schemes from January to July 2002 by test-checking records from 1997-98 to 2001-02 in eight of the 27 zilla panchayats and 48 of the 175 taluk panchayats.

    The report pointed out that owing to poor implementation of housing schemes, an assistance of Rs. 53.45 crores was forfeited by implementing agencies in the State.

    In all, Rs. 46.90 crores for the construction of new houses and Rs. 6.55 crores for the improvement of houses was forfeited, which meant that an additional 23,450 housed could not be constructed.

    The main reasons cited by the CAG for this were the delay in finalising the list of beneficiaries, the staggered release of funds by the Government for the implementation of schemes, and the slow progress in construction of houses by the beneficiaries of various schemes.

    The report pointed out several instances of delayed release of funds by the State Government resulting in the lapsing of funds for the year.

    Although the Union Government released Rs. 5.63 crores of the total allocation of Rs. 11.27 crores in July 2000 under the Gramin Awaas Yojana, the State Government released the amount to implementing agencies only in March 2001, resulting in the non-implementation of the housing schemes in 2000-01.

    Delayed

    Similarly in 2001-02 the Union Government released Rs. 7.50 crores of the total allocation of Rs. 15 crores in October 2001, but the State Government released the money to the districts only in Mach 2002.

    The zilla and taluk panchayats did not utilise Rs. 70.65 crores released to them by the Karnataka Housing Board for implementing the Ashraya Housing Scheme and implementing agencies refunded Rs. 25.42 crores to the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation between August 2000 and March 2002.

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