Dev projects limited to papers
Jul 27, 2014-While an expenditure report of the funds allocated for development works by the government to the District Development Committee (DDC) shows the completion of all the projects, field survey of the projects depicts otherwise.
The DDC, Rupandehi, furnished the report of the development expenditures amounting to Rs 153.8 million allocated for the fiscal year 2013/14 to the District Treasury Office (DTO). The report shows all the projects were completed by July 9.
“Although the DDC report has shown all of its development projects completed and the funds spent, most of the VDCs have failed to complete their projects,” said District Treasury Chief Shree Krishna Nepal. “Most of the VDCs seem to have completed the projects only on paper in fear of being listed among the failed VDCs.”
According to Chief Engineer of the DDC Madhav Jung Karki, most of the projects under the DDC grants, especially those pertaining to the blacktopping the roads remain incomplete. As per the provision, the VDCs have to send their expenditure report every four months to the DDC while the latter then supervises the projects as per the report sent by the VDCs. The provision also states that the concerned municipality or the VDCs have to complete the development projects worth less than Rs 300,000 via the consumers’ committee.
According to the planning department, there were 368 development projects worth less than Rs 300,000. And while there were 88 such projects operated by the DDC, only 85 percent of them have been completed.
Meanwhile, Chief of the planning department Gajendra Nath Sharma said they were yet to receive the records about the completion of such projects from the VDCs. Sharma said although it is the responsibility of the DDC to supervise and allocate the funds accordingly to the VDCs, their supervision and monitoring had not been effective as the DDC has to monitor many projects of its own and it lacked the manpower to oversee projects of the VDCs.
“As the VDCs allocate the funds for such projects, they are liable to monitor its progress,” he said, adding that due to the lack of personnel they were compelled to rely on the paperwork submitted by the VDCs.
Meanwhile, Rs 38,000 inclusive of tax was spent when a team comprising of representatives of political parties, NGOs, and commerce and industries association was mobilised for the supervision and monitoring of such
projects, twice, during the fiscal year 2013/14 in Rupandehi.
Published: 28-07-2014 09:09