KARACHI - The Planning and Development Department of Sindh government has identified flaws and inefficiency in the implementation of various development schemes. The Monitoring and Evaluation Cell (M&E) of Planning and Development Department of Sindh government in its annual report on implementation and performance of provincial departments and district government regarding pace and accuracy of Annual Development Programme of FY08 has criticized the administrative secretaries and DCOs who did not bother to visit the development sites and left all the uplift schemes at the mercy of contractors. The concerned officials of department told The Nation that M&E Cell made this report on the basis of field visits of development sites in various districts and saw defects caused by lack of interest of the heads of provincial departments and districts. The report said that during physical monitoring of development activities by the team of M&E Cell, it was revealed that regular monitoring/supervision was totally missing at the level of top management both at provincial as well as district levels. The development activities were left at the mercy of contractors and lower level officers, report said and added, even the random field monitoring at the level of administrative secretary/DCO was found missing. Mentioning the example of absent of monitoring by concerned head of department and DCOs, the report said that during physical site visits by monitoring team, many defects were noticed which happened due to non-supervision of top/middle level management. The report added, it was also noticed that the planning and monitoring cells established at the level of provincial departments, most of them were not discharging their duties accordingly. The report disclosed that even concerned officers of Administrative Departments did not bother to check the progress of the schemes which need to be revised for certain reasons. The role of these Provincial Monitoring Cells (PMCs) has been restricted to the purpose of planning only but their monitoring part was negligible as these cells were established with such particular purpose, report observed. Not a single field visit report has been forwarded to central M&E Cell of Planning and Development Department by any of the PMCs located in Education, Health, Agriculture, Local Government, Katchi Abadies and Spatial Development and Works & Services Department, report maintained. The periodical review meetings in respect of the development schemes were not held by most of the administrative secretaries/DCOs concerned regularly as it was mandatory to monitor the pace of development and resolve the issues, to monitor site selection examine and resolve the land disputes and examine and resolve the financial and administrative matters hindering the smooth implementation of the schemes/projects. Report reminds that the Administrative Secretaries of provincial Departments insist for inclusion of huge number of new schemes in ADP but in most of the cases they fail to submit the PC-1 within the prescribed deadline as a result huge funds earmarked for the schemes remain blocked for substantial time. The facts reveal that proper importance was not being given to the development activities/efforts and public money was not utilized timely, properly and judiciously. Administrative Secretary/DCOs being a Principle Accounting Officer is responsible for the properly utilization of public money and smooth implementation of development schemes. It was surprising to note during the review meeting held individually with some DCOs and their functionaries that none of officers had an idea about the assets of the district government acquired after the devolution, report said. It was further noted that the district governments were not aware about the functional/non-functional schemes with reference to sectors of economy like education, health, water supply and drainage. The M&E Cell in its report suggested that officers posted in provincial monitoring cells and administrative secretary should physically monitor the progress of development schemes of their respective departments and a copy of such report forwarded to the M&E Cell reference.