CAG criticises Delhi govt for discrepancies
01/07/2015 15:30

Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) pulled up Delhi government by pointed out discrepancies in the implementation of social welfare schemes and its failure to obtain fund utilisation certificates from various institutions, said the PTI report. The auditor also criticised the performance of the Delhi tourism and transport development corporation, saying that 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 2001 cases during 2013-14. “There were delays in obtaining utilisation certificates (UCs) from various grantee institutions for the grants released to them. Out of a total of 5,235 grants amounting to Rs 26,434.30 crore given till March 2013, 4,784 UCs amounting to Rs 19,064.02 crore were awaited from various departments at the end of March 2014. Out of 4,784 outstanding UCs, 2,267 UCs (47.39 per cent) amounting to Rs 5,651.17 crore were due for more than 10 years,” the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in its report. It said mid-day meals were not served for the prescribed number of days in both primary and upper primary schools. “Also, out of 2,102 samples of cooked meals, a total of 1,876 samples (89 per cent) failed tests for nutritive value during 2010-14.” Service providers did not obtain mandatory license from the Food Safety Department and were running their kitchens without 'NOCs' from civic agencies and fire agency, it added. On state finances, it said the Delhi government had invested Rs 17,060.35 crore (as of 31 March 2014) in statutory corporations, rural banks, joint stock companies and co-operatives.

However, the return on these investments was a meagre 0.07 per cent in 2013-14 while the government paid interest at an average rate of 8.80 per cent on its borrowings during 2013-14, it said. Overall fiscal liabilities of the state increased from Rs 26,544.20 crore in 2009-10 to Rs 32,080.32 crore in 2013-14 (20.86 per cent), said the auditor.