CAG ex­poses min­istries' fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

SEVEN MIN­ISTRIES and de­part­ments of the gov­ern­ment of In­dia have com­mit­ted fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties to the tune of 32.49 crore in 201415, ac­cord­ing to the Comptroller and Au­di­tor Gen­eral's ( CAG'S) com­pli­ance au­dit re­port. The ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties are as var­ied as the min­istries. For in­stance, the De­part­ment of Atomic En­ergy did not com­plete a project to in­stall a steam tur­bine gen­er­a­tor in Kota in Au­gust 2004, re­sult­ing in the loss of an op­por­tu­nity to save power worth 40-50 crore. The De­part­ment of Space com­mit­ted ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in its telemedicine pro­gramme and the Com­put­erised Work­ing in Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ar­eas project, which sought to give re­mote vil­lages ac­cess to spe­cialty health­care in cities and towns through satel­lites. And the earth sciences min­istry's Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ocean Tech­nol­ogy es­tab­lished de­sali­na­tion plants in six Lak­shad­weep is­lands with­out proper as­sess­ments.

COUR­TESY: PETR PAVLICEK/IAEA

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