‘DM’s car,scooters hired as taxis under NRHM’

CAG audit report I Rs 27 lakh paid to ‘hired taxis’ over 2008-11

Written by Prashant Pandey | Allahabad | Published: June 2, 2012 3:51 am

cag audit report I Rs 27 lakh paid to ‘hired taxis’ over 2008-11

Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and Community Health Centres (CHCs) “hired” motorcycles,scooters,mopeds,trucks and even milk tankers and delivery vans as taxis for movement of their officials under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

They even “hired” the car of the District Magistrate of Shahjahanpur twice in 2010. A total of around Rs 27 lakh was paid to these “hired taxis” over 2008-11. One particular motorcycle in Rae Bareli was paid Rs 2.16 lakh in financial year 2010-11.

These details have emerged from the performance audit of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on NRHM in the state of Uttar Pradesh for the year ending March 31,2011. The report was tabled in the UP Assembly on May 30.

The CAG carried out an audit for hiring of vehicles by PHCs/CHCs in districts like Agra,Allahabad,Azamgarh,Bahraich,Jhansi,Kanpur (Nagar),Rae Bareli,Shahjahanpur and Unnao.

The CAG found that in Shahjahanpur,a vehicle (registration No. UP-27-7777) was hired from May 24,2010,to May 28,2010. It was again hired from June 20 to June 23,2010. This number,said the report,was of the vehicle used by the DM of Shahjahanpur.

When the CAG queried the state in this regard,it said the number was wrongly typed and the correct vehicle registration No. was UP-30-7777. A personal affidavit of the owner of the vehicle was also attached. However,when the CAG cross-checked with the Regional Transport Office,it found that the vehicle was registered in the name of the owner after the date on which it was hired.

The Bighapur PHC in Unnao,said the report,paid Rs 1.02 lakh for hiring two vehicles in 2010-11 that apparently belonged to a single owner. However,audit revealed that the vehicles were registered in the name of two different owners,who were other than the owner in whose name the payment was made.

The Kalyanpur CHC in Kanpur (Nagar) “hired” trucks four times in 2008-09,paying a total of Rs 67,200. In Allahabad,motorcycles were hired five times between 2009 and 2011 for a total payment of Rs 1.15 lakh.

In Rae Bareli,motorcycles,mopeds,scooters,tractor and three-wheelers were “hired” as taxis between 2007 and 2011. Incidentally,the same vehicles were used several times.

For instance,at Khiro PHC (Rae Bareli),a motorcycle (UP-33F-5151) was paid Rs 20,800 in 2007-08,Rs 8,800 in 2008-09,Rs 10,400 in 2009-10 and Rs 1,600 in 2010-11. One particular motorcycle (UP-33CC-7122) was paid Rs 2,16,000 in the year 2010-11.

In Agra,the officials hired mini-buses (Rs 40,000),tractors (Rs 32,000),mini-trucks (around Rs 47,000),milk tanker (Rs 11,200),tanker (Rs,11,200) and ambulance (Rs 12,800),besides two wheelers and a school bus. Similarly,in Jhansi,a scooter was paid Rs 52,000 between 2009 and 2011.

While the government accepted the observations of the CAG for Agra,it did not furnish any replies for Azamgarh,Bahraich and Jhansi. The replies in other cases were not found convincing by the CAG.

The CAG said that no tenders/quotations were invited for hiring of vehicles. In some cases,the bills were either hand-written or typed on plain paper with incomplete information.

Following these findings,the CAG has recommended that evidencing and documentation of transactions needed strengthening.

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