Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Golmaal Government (CAG report)

539 crores Golmaal in 2006-07

Andhra Pradesh has wiped out the revenue deficit for the fiscal 2006-07, according to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report. During the fiscal, the revenue receipts were Rs 44,245 crore, while the revenue expenditure was Rs 41,438 crore.The report said that the government could build up a surplus of Rs 2,807 crore for the current fiscal.

The Comptroller and Auditor-General of India (CAG) has indicted the A.P. Government for extending “unintended and undue benefits to the tune of Rs. 539 crore” to contractors as part of ‘Jalayagnam’ under six projects envisaged on the Godavari.

The CAG report for the financial year 2006-07 was tabled in the Assembly on Tuesday. Giving the highlights of the report at a press conference, Principal Accountant-General (civil audit) of AP S.B. Pillay said that the government doled out undue benefits to contractors due to incorrect projection of materials required.

The Government, which prioritised six projects on the river, proposed to complete them in two to five years for providing water to 16.32 lakh acres in Telangana region and drinking water to the habitations en route by lifting 135.68 tmcft of water from the river.

The CAG report said there was no watch by the Director of Medical Education over the release of funds, services provided and drugs supplied to the AP Health and Medical Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (nodal agency) and sub-unit offices. Inspection of teaching hospitals/medical colleges was altogether neglected by the DME.

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