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Due to HP Govt.’s poor action plan for distribution, 33,011 quintal seeds reached farmers after sowing seasons was over: CAG

CAG report said delays in distribution of seeds were attributable to non-preparation of annual action plans (AAPs) for procurement of inputs and delay in preparation of AAPs for distribution resulted in late sowing of crops which would have adversely affected the production and productivity of crops.

SHIMLA- Raising a question mark on the functioning of the agriculture department in Himachal Pradesh, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has found that 33,011 quintal of seeds reached farmers when the sowing seasons (for both wheat and maize) were over during the 2010-15 period.

In its report, CAG has said that the authorities distributed 28,909.63 quintals of wheat seed and 4,101.47 quintal of maize seed costing Rs 9.39 crore among farmers in the test-checked districts with a delay ranging between one and 135 days.

Similarly, in seven (out of eight) test-checked blocks, 10,671.35 quintals of seeds (8,709.46 quintals wheat) and (1,961.89 quintals maize) costing Rs 2.99 crore were distributed among farmers during the 2010-15 period after a delay ranging between one and 135 days.

CAG report said delays in distribution of seeds were attributable to non-preparation of annual action plans (AAPs) for procurement of inputs and delay in preparation of AAPs for distribution resulted in late sowing of crops which would have adversely affected the production and productivity of crops.

The office manual of the state government requires the directorate to prepare AAP for departmental programmes and schemes in advance in January every year with periodical break-up of targets in respect of each activity including procurement and distribution of agriculture inputs.

The CAG noticed that the AAP for the year 2014-15 was not at all prepared and plans for 2010-11 to 2013-14 were finalized after a delay of four to five months. However, the planning for procurement of the agriculture inputs was not included in the AAPs. As a result, there was a delay in distribution of seeds among farmers.

It added that director in October last year said nearly 80% area of the districts is rain-fed and sometimes deficient rainfall resulted in delay.

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