The major findings of the CAG with regard to the department was the failure to prepare a developmental plan for sports and youth activities © Getty Images (Representational Image)
The major findings of the CAG with regard to the department was the failure to prepare a developmental plan for sports and youth activities © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Kohima: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has detected several lapses in planning, financial management and construction of sports infrastructure in Nagaland’s Department of Youth Resources and Sports (DYRS). The CAG Report on Social, Economic Revenue and General Sector of Nagaland for the year ended March 31, 2015, tabled in the Assembly on Saturday stated that the only aspect worthy of appreciation noticed was there was no “gender bias” in selection of sportspersons for imparting training at two establishments in the state.

The major findings of the CAG with regard to the department was the failure to prepare a developmental plan for sports and youth activities which led to adhoc promotion of sports and culture in the state. It said scouting programme for talents at sub-division level was not conducted resulting in lost opportunity of tapping into sports talents at the grass root level. The State Government did not release funds under ‘Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan’ resulting in refund of Rs 1.27 crore to the Centre including a penal interest of Rs 24 lakh.

The Department of YRS diverted Rs 5.71 crore from the approved developmental activities by violating norms, it said. The CAG also found that the Multi-disciplinary Sports Complex in Dimapur district was not functional despite a expenditure of Rs 58 crore incurred on its construction. Sports infrastructure created with a cost of Rs 45.43 crore to develop a cricket stadium at Sovima failed to meet National and International standards.

The Department released Rs 6.02 crore against unexecuted items of work by recording fraudulent measurement in the Measurement Book against seven projects. Coaches and sportspersons were not motivated due to inadequate practising facilities and equipment, lack of job reservation policies for sportspersons, inadequate provision of rewards and incentives. There was no quality assurance mechanism in purchase of sports good and equipments, the CAG remarked.