New Delhi: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has expressed dissatisfaction with the monitoring of the UPA government's flagship National Rural Health Mission. It said that the Mission Steering Group of the NRHM which was supposed to meet at least twice a year met only four times in four years.

The committee has recommended a comprehensive central electronic database for all districts which should be uploaded state-wise for easy access by district planning teams while implementing schemes under the National Rural Health Mission.

The committee, headed by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, has also observed that the Mission Steering Group (MSG) of the NRHM has met only four times in four years during 2005-09.

Further, delegation of powers to the MSG and Empowered Programme Committee was subject to the condition that a progress report regarding NRHM, would be placed before the Cabinet on an annual basis.

The committee emphasised that the MSG should invariably meet twice a year and the progress report on the functioning of the mission must be placed before the cabinet once a year as stipulated.

Further, a suitable format should be prescribed for quarterly and annual reporting by smaller committees to the MSG so as to make monitoring more effective and meaningful.

(Agencies)