As a preventive measure to avoid the recurrence of an NRHM-type scam, the government has worked out an IT-enabled near real-time monitoring network system to keep an eye not only on the fund flow from the Centre to the lowest level but also the physical outcome of expenditure on various Central social sector schemes.
The new setup, to be rolled out across India in the next five years, is called the Central Plan Scheme Monitoring System (CPSMS).
As per the plan, piloted by the Planning Commission in association with the finance and IT ministries, will work like a network of networks and capture data on fund flow from both special purpose vehicles and treasury routes at the grassroots level in near real time.
The Controller General of Accounts, ministry of finance, last Friday made a presentation on CPSMS to Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia (a copy of which is with this newspaper) during which it highlighted the achievements of the CPSMS pilot projects in four states — Bihar (NREGS), Madhya Pradesh (NRHM), Punjab (SSA) and Maharashtra (PMGSY).
As per the presentation, with which the government appeared to be fully satisfied, the treasury interface was successfully tested in Bihar and Maharashtra.
Now the details of utilisation of funds (object-head-wise) through the state treasury route during FY 2010-11 are available.