In a report laid in the Assembly in March 2013, the CAG noted that plans were often not prepared by departments as required.

Disaster-specific action plans were found lacking in many ways and vulnerability assessment of blocks was only partial, it said.

The report suggested that timely preparation of annual disaster management plans indicating specific work to be undertaken should be ensured at all levels.

"Proper mechanism to identify unutilized balances lying with districts should be devised. Moreover, it should be ensured that funds for immediate relief are utilized with adequate urgency for effective distribution of relief material among the affected people," it said.

On the state's financial management on the issue, the CAG said the state government did not have an effective monitoring mechanism to identify unspent balances of the State Disaster Relief Fund lying in its accounts.

"Significant amount of funds meant for immediate relief were not utilized effectively owing to parking of funds, delay in release and diversion etc.," it said.

(Agencies)

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