As the computerisation of the regions lone tertiary care institute still remains a distant dream,authorities of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) seem to be in a rush to make payments for unfinished work.
PGI authorities paid a a sum of Rs 1.81 crore to CDAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing),the agency with which it had entered into an agreement in 2007 for the computerisation of the institute. As yet an an unaccomplished task.
Now the unsolicited payment to CDAC has drawn the attention of the Central Auditors who have raised an objection to PGIs generosity in its latest audit report seeking an explanation about the payments from the institute.
Further more the institute,in violation of its own terms and conditions of the agreement,has not levied a penalty for delay in completion of the project amounting to Rs 4.73 crore for the period of April 2009 to March 2011. They have also not made any attempts to ensure that the agency will complete the task within the stipulated time period.
As per the audit report,the computerisation project was to be implemented in three phases at a total cost of Rs 19.73 crore for installation,commissioning,testing,training and application and development. The three phases of computerisation project was to be implemented within two years from the date of signing the agreement,that is,Phase-I within 12 months,Phase-II within 18 months and phase III within 24 months of the date of signing the agreement The agreement was signed on March 13,2007.
Accordingly,Phase I of the project was to be completed by March 13,2008,Phase II by September 2008 and Phase III by March 2009. However,till date the first phase has not been
As per the one of the clauses of the terms and conditions of
the agreement,50 per cent payment of the works associated with the task was to be made only on the completion of the task. However contrary to its own terms,PGI made the payment for unfinished task amounting to Rs 1,80,94,834,even when the works remain incomplete till date,states the report.
Accordingly,the penalty at the rate of 0.5 per cent per fortnight of the cost of delayed phase amounting to Rs 4.73 crore was not imposed and neither the authorities ensured that the work was completed.
The PGI authorities are yet to give any reply in this matter to the Auditor General.