The Delhi Assembly may be in abeyance for over six months now, but the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation Limited (DTTDC) has incurred a loss of Rs 1.44 crore in operating and managing the Delhi Legislative Assembly canteen “even when the company was under no obligation to run the canteen”, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) submitted in Parliament on Friday.
This is only one of the many financial irregularities, which have collectively led to a loss of more than Rs 2,000 crore in revenue during the year 2012-2013, the CAG audit into various departments of the Delhi government has found.
While criticising the DTTDC, the CAG report tabled in Parliament said, “During the audit, it was found that canteen services were started without carrying out any cost analysis and also without entering into a formal agreement or MoU with the Assembly Secretariat.”
Such irregularities and financial murkiness and delays were cited by the report as the prime cause behind the revenue loss.
The test check of the records of 96 units of departments of Trade and Taxes, State Excise, Transport, Entertainment, Luxury & Betting and Revenue showed under-assessment/short levy/loss of revenue aggregating to Rs 2,041.32 crore in 2,238 instances.
The departments concerned accepted under-assessment and other deficiencies of Rs 50.46 crore involved in 627 cases pointed out in audit during 2012-13 and earlier years. The departments recovered Rs 5.61 lakh in six cases during the year 2012-13, the report said.
In a scathing assessment of the workings of the Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited, the report said it “benefited” private power distribution utilities.
The CAG said, “IPGCL, by delaying recovery of advance income tax paid, blocked their funds and suffered interest loss of Rs 6.42 crore leading to undue financial benefit to discoms.”
Slamming the Public Works Department, the report said the figures of budget allotment and actual expenditure of E-in-C office were not reconciled with those of Pay and Accounts office.
“The Urban Development Department has also failed to provide basic services like sewer lines, water lines, roads and drainage to all the 895 unauthorised colonies despite incuring expenditure of Rs 3029.21 crore up to March 2013,” it said.
On Transport department, the report said the Delhi Transport Corporation suffered avoidable loss of Rs 53.59 crore on account of unauthorised occupation of staff quarters at two staff colonies.
The CAG also censured “wasteful expenditure” of two super specialty hospitals. “Blockade of funds of Rs 191.80 crore and wasteful expenditure of Rs 80.20 lakh on construction and operationalisation of two super specialty hospitals in West and East Delhi, which are not fully functional,” the report said.
Slamming the maintenance of community halls, the report said amenities like drinking water, sanitation, drainage and sewerage and electrical fittings were absent or of sub-standard quality.
Parking facilities, kitchen facilities and fire safety arrangements were not up to the mark. Monitoring of functioning of halls was not effective.