Rural Infrastructure Schemes

CAG uncovers roads to nowhere

  1. Context: The performance audit report of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), tabled in Parliament
  2. Irregularities: Ranging from flouting of planning procedures, poor quality control, diversion of funds, extension of undue benefits to contractors
  3. Also, showing road connectivity where there is none, not providing roads to eligible habitations, and pathetic maintenance of roads
  4. Social Audit: The Public Accounts Committee of the 14th Lok Sabha had recommended that social audit (as included in the MGNREGA scheme) be incorporated in the PMGSY but it has not yet been done
  5. Why social audit? Various quality control and monitoring deficiencies

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