Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Economic Sector, Government of Rajasthan

This report contains two Performance Audits i.e. performance audit on Contract Management of Road Works in Public Works Department and performance audit on Protection of Forest and Wildlife in Rajasthan, a compliance audit on Implementation of Rajasthan Farmers Participation in Management of Irrigation Systems Act, 2000 and six individual paragraphs. The existing framework of rules has gaps and is not consistent with best practices. The Department lacks a comprehensive implementation plan incorporating suitable provisions for prioritization of road works. There were instances where basic norms for cost estimation were not adhered to, tenders were invited before issue of technical sanctions, contractors not meeting the minimum technical requirements were allowed to participate in tenders, etc. Although the Department has taken certain proactive steps which have culminated in increase in number of tigers in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, creation of a new biological park at Machiya, Jodhpur, initiation of Leopard Safari at Jhalana, Jaipur and development of park at Nahargarh, measures still need to be taken for enhancing protection of Forest and Wildlife in the State. The working plans for the Forest Divisions were not being implemented properly due to budget constraints. The Department submitted incomplete proposals for formation of Eco-Sensitive Zone which resulted in delay in their notifications.