Delhi Govt unable to show evidence how Rs 19000cr were spent: CAG

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Comptroller and Auditor General(CAG)
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)

The Comptroller and Auditor General(CAG) has rapped the Delhi Government, as the latter does not have evidence to show how grants worth nearly Rs 6,000 crore, were utilized for the intended purpose, even 10 years or more, after the amounts were given.

“Inadequate” planning for e-challaning project on part of the Delhi Government’s department of transport (DoT), resulted in blockade of funds, worth Rs 1.47 crore, Government auditor CAG observed in its report.

According to the report, of the 5,235 grants worth Rs 26,434 crore for projects released till March 2013, ‘utilization certificates’ for 4,784 grants worth Rs 19,064 crore, or about three-quarters of the amount, were outstanding till March last year. Certificates for about half of these grants: 2,267, amounting to Rs 5,651.17 crore, were outstanding for more than 10 years.

The urban development department, according to the report, is the major defaulter, accounting for Rs 17,415.91 crore or 91.4% of the amount for which certificates were outstanding. The former Delhi Vidyut Board did not furnish certificates of grants received from the department. The land and building department of DDA also did not furnish utilization certificates for grants received from the department, the report noted.

The CAG in its report for the fiscal ending on March 31, 2014, said, “Expenditure of Rs 9.85 crore (including service tax of Rs 77 lakh), was rendered unfruitful, as DoT did not initiate any action on feasibility reports for PRT system, as prepared by DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Limited).”

The CAG’s latest report shows school children in Delhi are not getting mid-day meals, and the numbers of dropouts are increasing. Most of the food samples tested have been found unhealthy. The government auditor also said that of the 18,000 children supported under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, only 1,154 were covered during 2013-14.

Criticising the performance of the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation, the auditor said, it has failed to formulate a perspective plan for tourism promotion in the city, despite 39 years of its formation. The report pointed out under assessment and short levy of revenue to the tune of Rs 905.66 crore in 2,001 cases during 2013-14.

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