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CAG slams Mah govt's police modernisation scheme

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Mumbai, Apr 18 (UNI) The much-touted State police force modernisation scheme to increase operational efficiency and meet challenges of the fast changing internal security environment has been unable to meet its objectives, according to the CAG report.

In the report for the year ended March 31, 2005 which was tabled in the Legislative Assembly today, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India said though the scheme was revamped with increased outlay from 2000-01, the progress of its implementation was slow, mainly due to slow-paced spending. There was a delay in finalising supplementary annual plans, the report has pointed out.

The forensic laboratories could not utilise the sophisticated equipment purchased for want of trained manpower. Pending cases for analysis in forensic science laboratories increased by 67 per cent in the last five years.

The scheme has not been able to improve its efficiency in meeting the changing law and order situation, crime detection, reduction in response time, early settlement of criminal cases and augmenting training facilities, the report said.

Due to the slow progress of the programme, the Centre reduced the total funds for 2000-05 from Rs 877.45 crores to Rs 708.27 crores. Consequently, the State Government could not avail Rs 97.51 crore.

Instances of delay in receipt, installation and idling of equipment, ranging between three and 39 months, resulting in blocking of funds of Rs 11.31 crores were noticed, according to the CAG report.

Out of 54 works of staff quarters, administrative buildings and other works, 47 remained incomplete for a period ranging between one and three years, after incurring an expenditure of Rs 41.46 crores.

Due to lack of approach road, proper land and change in site, 164 quarters and 15 works remained incomplete after incurring an expenditure of Rs 8.23 crores. Besides, 488 completed quarters out of 983 remained vacant, as they were away from work place, and for want of electricity and water.

There was no reduction in crime detection cases and also the average response time had not improved.

The CAG report said the State Government had not conducted an evaluation study to assess the impact of the scheme. There was lack of monitoring of the implementation of the scheme.

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