The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has flagged irregularities in expenditure incurred by the Chandigarh police on recruitment without Parliamentary approval and unauthorised retention of departmental receipts outside the Consolidated Fund of India.
In a report tabled in a recently-concluded Parliament session, it has been pointed out that the Chandigarh police spent Rs 1.25 crore on recruitment between 2013-14 and 2016-17 by operating bank accounts with receipts amounting to
Rs 10.24 crore against the norms laid down under Constitutional Provisions and Financial Rules.
The report stated that the Chandigarh police, since October 2013, have conducted recruitment on five occasions without submitting detailed demands for grants to the Parliament for approval of the budget.
The police have been operating savings bank accounts in public (State Bank of India) and private banks (HDFC Bank) into which revenues like application fees for recruitment were deposited and day-to-day expenses on recruitment were met in violation of the norms.
The report quoted Article 266 of the Constitution of India, which mandates that all the revenues received by the Union government shall form the Consolidated Fund of India and no money shall be appropriated except in accordance with law and for the purposes and in the manner provided in the Constitution.
According to the norms, no money shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated Fund of India except under appropriation made by law, that is, as passed by the Parliament.
According to the Rule 6 of the Central Government Rules 1983 and Rule 3 of the General Financial Rules, money received on account of revenue shall, without undue delay, be included in government account.
The matter was also reported during an audit carried in May 2015, August 2015 and May 2016. However, no reply was furnished on the conduct of recruitment process without Parliamentary budget approval. The matter was referred to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), following which the Chandigarh Administration was asked to submit its reply directly to audit. Response is still awaited.
Inspector-general of police Tajender Singh Luthra said this is a small technical issue and is being resolved. “We have written to the Chandigarh Administration regarding this,” said Luthra.