90% funds unspent in PHE: ES report
A survey has revealed that around 90 percent of the funds have remained unspent in the JK Public Health Engineering (PHE) department during the year 2016-17, leaving a question mark on the functioning of the department in the state.
The non utilization of funds has marred the execution of the major projects aimed at covering all the habitations with proper drinking water facilities in the state. The Economic Survey 2016 tabled by JK government in Legislative Assembly reveals that under the PHE sector expenditure for the year 2016-17 was recorded at Rs 114.08 crore which is only nine percent of the total funds allocated for the department. The outlay was Rs 1205 crore out of which the department has utilized only Rs 114 crore leaving 90 percent of the funds unspent.
As per the official survey report, PHE department has covered only 3 percent habitation against the total target during the current financial year. The official report reveals that the department has covered only 13 habitations out of targeted 375 till second quarter of the current financial year. "Against a target of covering 375 habitations only 13 habitations were covered till 2nd quarter of the financial year 2016-17," the official report reveals.
Besides its failure in covering the habitations with drinking water facilities, the PHE department has also failed to provide proper water facility to the schools as well.
During the 2016-17 financial year, the department has achieved only nine percent of the total target. During the current fiscal year the department has covered only 32 schools out of its targeted 339 schools. "The population to be benefitted during the financial year 2016-17 was targeted at two lakh souls against which only 15000 souls were benefitted upto second quarter of the financial year," states the official report.
The report reveals zero percent achievement by the department in covering the habitations by installing hand pumps during the current fiscal year. Against a target installation of 672 hand pumps in the state, the department has not covered a single hand pump in any of the habitations in JK state. "Nil achievement in respect of number of hand pumps installed has been reported by the department against the target of 672," the report reveals.
The official report reveals that the department has achieved only five percent target under major and medium irrigation sector while as 36 percent target has been achieved under minimum irrigation sector during the 2016-17 fiscal year.
The department had set target of 3428 hectors for 2016-17 of which only 195 hectors were created upto second quarter of the year. Under minor irrigation sector the department has created only 36 percent hectors against the set target. "Under minor irrigation sector, 9505 hectors of potential has been created against a target of 25842 hectors," the report reveals.