GUWAHATI, Sept 22 - Assam lost Central funds to the tune of Rs 2,166.37 crore in the health sector due to under-utilization of funds and non-submission of utilization certificates (UCs) between 2011 and 2016, a CAG report has stated.
Under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) programmes, of the total Rs 5,814.40 crore approved, the Central government released Rs 3,648.03 crore during the period, the CAG report noted.
In the year 2015-16, the Central government released only Rs 710.38 crore of the total approved amount of Rs 1,273.12 crore. In the preceding year, the Centre has released Rs 615.84 crore against the total approved amount of Rs 1,225.91 crore.
Scrutiny of audit revealed that NRHM, Assam had delayed the appointment of statutory auditor by 49 to 79 days during the period. The statutory auditor should be appointed by March 31 every year for preparing the annual accounts.
Moreover, there were delays of 155 to 208 days for completion of annual accounts, besides late submission of UCs along with the approved accounts to the Central government by 125 to 185 days.
These delays ultimately resulted in delay in release of the second instalment for each of the five financial years.
�It was observed that due to huge unspent balances, the Central government did not release the approved amount to the State owing to non-submission of UCs for the funds released during the preceding years,� the report stated.
As per operational guidelines for financial management, utilization certificate along with audited accounts of the funds released during the preceding year needs to be submitted for releasing the second instalment of funds by the Government of India. The annual accounts along with the UC pertaining to funds of one particular financial year have to be submitted within July 31 of the succeeding year.