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In Bihar, the budget estimate for 2020-21 for Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) was prepared without any planning. This has been claimed in the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). The report said that the budget of Bihar was completely unrealistic and full of mistakes.
The CAG, in its report tabled in the Bihar Assembly on Thursday, said the National Quality Monitoring (NQM) found that 1,029 road and bridge projects were in the unsatisfactory category during the five-year period from 2020-21. “The wide gap between the total provision and allocation indicates that the Budget Estimates (2020-21) for PMGSY in Bihar were prepared without proper planning,” the report said. The CAG found that the budget preparation of the capital segment for PMGSY was completely unrealistic and full of mistakes.
According to the report, “There was a huge gap of Rs 1,885.18 crore between the expenditure reported through Online Management, Monitoring and Accounting System (OMMAS) under PMGSY and the expenditure recorded in the Detailed Appropriation Accounts of the Government of Bihar,” the CAG said. That there was a difference of Rs 1,579.58 crore in capital expenditure and Rs 3,183.63 crore in revenue expenditure between the detailed appropriation accounts of Bihar Rural Development Agency (BRRDA) and the Government of Bihar.
The CAG found that for 278 PMGSY projects and 11,938 Mukhyamantri Gram Sampark Yojana (MMGSY) projects completed between 2006-07 and 2021-22, payments of Rs 83.44 crore and Rs 1,561.52 crore respectively were not paid to the contractors, while the department had Sufficient funds were available and the work was completed. The CAG said that the reason for the deferred liability has been asked from the Rural Works Department of the state government and the reply is awaited.
The CAG said, “The Government of Bihar had released an amount of about 40 per cent i.e. Rs 2,000 crore to the PMGSY program fund during 2016-17 as state share against the central share of Rs 2,883.57 crore, which was Rs 77.62 crore. was more than 54.13 lakhs of interest deposited/earned still not utilised.
Rural Works Department Minister Jayant Raj’s comment on this report could not be received so far. PMGSY is a central scheme to provide all-weather road connectivity in rural areas. Bihar had launched MMGSY in 2013 to connect rural areas with a population of more than 250.