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CAG shame for state

Ranchi, Aug. 5: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has once again exposed large-scale financial irregularities in various state government departments and establishments.

During its sample survey, the report of which was tabled in Jharkhand Assembly today, CAG picked several holes in the way departments executed different projects and spent government funds. In most of the cases, the departments concerned did not care to reply to the CAGís repeated queries.

Leading the list of erring offices is the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi. It had outsourced cash collection for pathological and radiological tests on January 12, 2006, with the condition that the hired agency would deposit the amount collected and money receipts to the RIMS cashier on a daily basis. The CAG pointed out that the norms were flouted, resulting in irregularities to the tune of Rs 1.14 crore during April-May 2012 and April-June 2013.

Also, the RIMS authorities purchased cardiology and cardiothoracic equipment worth Rs 1.47 crore before putting in place infrastructure needed for the installation of the equipment and appointing technical staff for handling them. The equipment is gathering dust.

The CAG also highlighted the case of the civil surgeonís new office building in Giridih that was constructed at Rs 83.82 crore but remained idle for more than four years, thereby adversely affecting delivery of healthcare services.

According to CAG findings, the rural works department incurred losses to the tune of Rs 1.09 crore owing to non-recovery of penalty amounts from erring contractors. Also, there were instances when the department paid in excess to contractors.

Around 30 newly constructed government quarters in Chatra are lying vacant due to lack of water supply, resulting in unfruitful expenditure of Rs 2.14 crore by the building construction department.

A large number of bicycles purchased by the welfare department remained undistributed because these purchases were made without correctly assessing the real number of beneficiaries. Consequently, bicycles worth Rs 97.13 lakh went missing. Overall, the state made unfruitful expenditure to the tune of Rs 2.07 crore.


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