STATE TIMES NEWSJammu: The non-operationalisation of 102 ambulance services for over three years and deficiencies in procurement of medicines and equipment by the J-K Medical Supplies Corporation Limited came in for a sharp criticism by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) as it released its audit findings of various public sector undertakings during 2017-18.The CAG report on public sector undertakings (social, general and economic sectors) for the year ended March 31, 2018, said the audit on procurement of medicine and equipment by the JKMSC revealed delays in finalisation of rate contracts and consequent delay or non-procurement of drugs, instruments, machinery and equipment, thereby defeating the purpose of creation of the company.
CAG report highlights failure of J&K Govt in implementation of MGNREGA in 2016-17Jammu: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has highlighted the failure of the previous PDP-BJP government in the proper implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in Jammu and Kashmir during 2016-17, saying long term developmental perspective for all districts could not be ensured due to non-preparation of a perspective plan.In its report on social, general, economic (Non-PSU) sectors for the year ended March 31, 2017, the CAG said delays in submission of labour budgets led to the late release of funds by the Centre and delayed payment of wages.The MGNREGA has the objective of enhancing livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual labour.Un-reconciled closing balances, non-accountal of bank interest of Rs 1.20 crore in the financial statements, delayed release of funds, short-release of state share of Rs 107.08 crore and excess expenditure of Rs 22.85 crore on administrative charges reflected poor financial management which was equivalent to non-generation of 83.78 lakh person days of employment, the CAG said in its report tabled in Parliament last week.It said no unemployment allowances were paid to the job card holders who demanded jobs but could not be provided. Further, 19 per cent person days employment could be provided to women beneficiaries against the norm of 33 per cent.The report said the wage payment in 77 per cent cases was not paid within the prescribed time of 15 days and 40 per cent wage payments were made after a delay of more than 90 days.Execution of works under the Scheme showed weakness. While 14,211 works included in the approved annual action plans were not executed, 2,281 unapproved works were executed which led to unauthorised expenditure of Rs 32.67 crore and revealed improper planning and non-involvement of public representatives before framing the annual action plans, the report said.It said the non-maintenance of wage material ratio led to excess expenditure of Rs 277.69 crore on material component with consequent non-generation of 1.74 crore person days employment.Non-accountal and non-utilisation of material worth Rs 0.29 crore procured in excess of requirement has the risk of misappropriation and pilferage. Delay in completion of works taken under 13th Finance Commission in convergence with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and non-maintenance of wage material ratio led to diversion of Rs 1.26 crore, time overrun and cost overrun of Rs 1.13 crore in two blocks, it said.The CAG report said the non-maintenance of essential data and records regarding inspection of works, job seekers’ details, assets and mismatch in data provided or uploaded on Management Information System revealed poor monitoring.The department has neither constituted the monitoring committees to monitor the quality of works nor appointed ombudsman to deal with complaints, it said, adding the independent surveys and assessment by audit showed that implementation of the scheme was left with various gaps in terms of achieving wage employment, sectoral target achievements, coverage, awareness and participation.
Audit also came across instances of non-levy of liquidated damages of Rs 7.92 crore for delayed supplies, undue favour to a supplier by rejecting the seven bidders and procuring suture items at negotiated rates for Rs 25.48 crore from the eighth bidder, non-operationalisation of 102 Ambulance Service over a period of more than three years despite receiving the fund of Rs 3.18 crore and non-observance of prescribed procedure for empanelment of testing laboratories leading to extra-expenditure of Rs 9.47 lakh, the report, tabled in Parliament last week, said.Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, the report said, the purpose of upgradation of Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) in the Health and Medical Education Department was not achieved as all the super specialties had not been fully established.Some medical services/facilities installed had not functioned and remained out of order rendering expenditure of Rs 8.57 crore incurred thereon unfruitful and Rs 3.12 crore wasteful. Out of 592 medical equipment procured for two GMCs, 336 medical equipment (57 per cent) costing Rs 40.97 crore were not traceable/non-available, not installed, non-functional or had got damaged in floods, the report said.The CAG said there were shortages of trained specialist doctors and nursing and paramedical staff and technicians in both the super specialty hospitals.It said the failure to seek prior permission from the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority, before taking up the construction works of integrated Ayush Hospital and Wellness Centre at Harwan in Srinagar, resulted in unfruitful expenditure of Rs 3 crore, blocking of Rs 3.38 crore and creation of liability of Rs 2.75 crore.Failure of J&K Health Service to renew the licenses of the nursing homes or clinical establishments and recover the licenses renewal fee resulted in unauthorised functioning of these establishments and non-recovery of revenue of Rs 0.44 crore,” it said.The CAG said the test-check of the records of 94 units out of 402 auditable units of Commercial Taxes (Sales tax/ Value Added Tax), State Excise, Motor Vehicles and Law Departments conducted during the year 2017-18 showed under assessment/Evasion of tax/ Irregular allowance of Input Tax Credit aggregating Rs 377.77 crore in 33,237 cases.During the year, the departments concerned accepted under assessment and other deficiencies of Rs 2.22 crore involved in 97 cases, which were pointed out in audit during 2017-18 and earlier years. The departments collected/recovered Rs 53.38 lakh in 19 cases pertaining to audit findings of previous years, the report said.It said the failure of Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation Limited to deposit the advance tax on taxable income during the assessment year 2015-16, in accordance with the provisions of the Income Tax Act resulted in avoidable interest payment of Rs 3.26 crore.The lax supervision and control in the Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation Limited over the execution of a contract for Design, Engineering and Commissioning of 48 MW Lower Kalnai Hydel Electric Project led to unfruitful expenditure of Rs 25.30 crore, it said, adding the company could not generate 219.30 million units of energy per annum and had to pay an interest of Rs 17.49 crore on the term loan availed for the project.The company also failed to sequence the payment of consultancy fee with the progress of the contract which led to avoidable expenditure of Rs 6.57 crore.“Despite encashment of bank/performance guarantee of Rs 79.20 crore, the Company suffered a minimum loss of Rs 11.20 crore”.On performance audit of imposition and collection of taxes on vehicles, the report said, the shortfall in revenue collection vis-a-vis targets fixed during 2013-14 to 2016-17 was between 11 per cent and 25 per cent, respectively.Targets fixed for 2017-18, though achieved up to the level of 135 percent, were far less in comparison to targets of the previous two years, it said.The CAG said the certificate of registration in respect of 21,918 private vehicles registered with eight (out of 11) selected Regional Transport Offices/Assistant Regional Transport Offices (RTOs/ ARTOs) have not been renewed after prescribed time frame which involved revenue implication of Rs 6.12 crore.It said the incorrect application of rates of temporary registration fee by 91 registered dealers led to short recovery of fee of Rs 3.54 crore.
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