PGI failed to recover house rent amounting to Rs 12.49 lakh from its 31 employees, stated CAG audit report.
PGI has been providing housing to its employees for which the employees have to pay licence fee as decided by the government from time to time. It is the duty of the institute to recover the appropriate fees from the salary of the employees promptly.
As per the report, “Test check of the records of the PGI, however, disclosed that licence fee/rent for housing amounting to Rs 12.49 lakh recoverable from the employees of the institute, was outstanding for more than three years.”
The chances of recovery are very remote, as most of the employees against whom the amount is recoverable have retired.
“No efforts seems to have been made to recover the same. This clearly shows the inefficiency of the institute to recover the rent,” stated the CAG report.
On being pointed out by the audit, the institute replied that an amount of Rs 10,409 has been recovered of Rs 12.49 lakh leaving a balance amount of Rs 12,38,806. Efforts are being made to recover the outstanding amount.
In it’s observations, the audit asked the institute to give the reasons for non-recovery of the housing fee from the salary of the respective month of the employees.
“In case of employees who have already retired, reasons for issuing NOC without effecting recovery may be intimated and action taken against those responsible for issuing NOC without ensuring recovering may also be intimated,” the audit report mentions.
Questioning the role of Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO), the audit report stated that it is the duty of the DDO to ensure that all the recoveries have been made before releasing the gratuity and leave encashment to the retired employees. However, the recovery of the license fee is still pending. It clearly shows the lapse on the part of the DDO.