JAIPUR: Major loopholes have been observed by the CAG in implementation of the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) by the Rajasthan government. The state could utilize only 22% of the funds of the programme resulting in construction of only 13% of the targeted houses.
The CAG's audit of the programme revealed that out of the sanctioned Rs 1,059 crore for 69 projects, only Rs 236 crore was utilized. The state level nodal agency (SLNA) which includes Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Finance and Development Corporation (RUIFDCo) and local bodies fixed 44,742 houses for the programme during 2005-12. However, against the target, SLNA could achieve only 5,700 houses till March 2012.
On February, 2013 the government accepted the slow progress in this front and stressed on expediting the work. However, the audit report noted that there was no significant improvement to achieve the targets. Absorption of financial allocations too remained poor by the implementing agencies.
Facts mentioned in the report also raise doubts over identification of slums and selection of towns for implementing projects under IHSDP. According to the CAG, project reports were not prepared on the basis of proper surveys. In fact, the project was limited to only slum areas, however, government did not formally notify alum areas under any Act. Rather it adopted kuchchi bastis and slums on adhoc basis.
It was also revealed that out of 69 IHSDP projects, 48 projects were sanctioned an amount of Rs 653 crore and executed where no slum areas were identified in the census of 2001. Moreover, population in these kuchchi bastis were scattered and thinly populated in contrast to compacted cluster of poorest of poor slum dwellers. It further noted that works were actually undertaken in areas not falling under the definition of slum.
The selection of beneficiaries in the project also came under the scanner. Urban local bodies revealed that the benefits of the programme were extended to 488 beneficiaries who were neither included in the project reports nor got the approval of from Central sanctioning and monitoring authority.