Aizawl (ZoramObserver.com): Despite claims of “major success” with the New Land Use Policy (NLUP) by the government, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has underlined several irregularities in the implementation of the flagship project.
The CAG report laid down by Mizoram Finance Minister Lalsawta in the one-day special session of the Assembly today said that due to the delay in the release of cash assistance to the beneficiaries for more than three years, timely implementation of the policy could not be attained.
The report said that the selection of beneficiaries to be done by VLNC was actually done by the NLUP Apex body and it was noticed that 1,389 complaint were received regarding irregularities in selection of beneficiaries. Although beneficiaries should be selected from the defined ‘Target Group’ the district audit identified at least 1,400 ineligible beneficiaries including 69 government servants and 213 pensioners.
Objective not achieved
It also said that due to improper planning and ad-hoc execution, major objectives of the scheme – putting an end to jhum cultivation (shifting cultivation), attaining self-sufficiency in production of rice and afforestation could not be achieved.
The report said that the NLUP fund amounting to Rs 6.46 crore was given to five firms and 25 individuals as interest free loan during 2011 to 2014 of which Rs 5.02 crore remained outstanding till March 2016.
The unutilised fund of Rs 897.91 crore under the NLUP was kept in civil deposits during 2011 to 2015, the report said.
Of the 1,872 piglets procured by the NLUP Implementing Board (NIB) for distribution among beneficiaries, 689 piglets (36.81 per cent) died due to unknown causes resulting in a loss of Rs 34.45 lakh, it said.
The report also pointed out that the NIB incurred excess expenditure of Rs 119.19 lakh while procuring common carp fish seeds at a higher rate without analysis, justification and comparison.
With inputs from PTI