- Comptroller and Auditor General tabled report on floods in Parliament
- Over 14 per cent of total area of India is flood-prone
- Funds not being released adequately by center and states: CAG
Besides huge delays in completion of flood management works due to non-approval of detailed project reports in time, the auditor also found non-functionality of flood forecasting systems in many places.
India's total flood prone area, according to government data, exceeds 45,000 square kilometres, which is around 14 per cent of the total area of the country. On an average, 7,550 sq km area is affected every year resulting in a loss of more than Rs 1,800 crore.
In recent floods in Asaam, more than 25 districts were affected leaving 60 people dead and displacing around 20 lakh others. The Kaziranga National Park was inundated and highways were cut. Over 70 animals found dead till now.
Though experts suggest advance preparedness and early warning system as a solution, the CAG report showed that the funds were not being released adequately by center to states. In many cases, the states are also not releasing the funds to executing agencies causing delay.
On the other hand, Central government did not recover the money amounting more than 600 crores from states which was given as loan and was not disbursed by states to executing agencies in stipulated time. The report listed a total of 66 such cases in seven states.
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