Sunday, November 14, 2010

Centre has planned Anti-Naxal Funds audits

The Centre has planned audits to find out whether state governments have properly used funds given to them for combating Maoists.

A request for proposal (RFP) for a comprehensive study of fund use has recently been floated by ministry of home affairs.

The organisation that gets selected to do this work would have to get ground-level feedback about the utilisation of central funds.

Under the central reimbursement scheme, Maoist-affected states are paid for the costs incurred on anti-Maoist operations. This includes money spent for paying compensation to civilians, setting up of village defence committees, rehabilitation of hardcore, underground Maoist cadre, propaganda and logistics for fighting Maoists forces.

The study will check the speed of fund use, the security environment created by the states for optimum utilisation, and the effect the anti-Maoist scheme has had on the morale of security forces.

The central scheme has been running for the past eight years in the Maoist-affected states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

A total of 81 districts across nine states are covered under this scheme. Andhra Pradesh and Bihar have 15 districts each for which the Centre dispenses money. Three districts from Maharashtra - Chandrapur, Gadchiroli and Gondia also get cover.

As per the RFP, “All districts in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal will be reviewed whereas in the remaining states the study would be required to review just 50 % of districts.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a good step. Funds need to be closely monitored so that desired results can be achieved in stipulated time. Otherwise its fate will be not different from other schemes which have got deviated.

Anonymous said...

maximum fund provided by govt. to state authorities were not utilized properly, maximum fund fulfill greed of officials

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