The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) tabled its audit report in Parliament. Many issues came into light like, shortage of ammunition in army and poor food quality served in trains.
Lets look at the 10 issues observed and highlighted by CAG :
1Deficiency of ammunition supply to army
The CAG slammed Ordnance Factory Board (ODF) for critical deficiency of ammunition supplies to the army. It also highlighted the inadequate quality of ammunition provided to army since March 2013.
2Food served in trains unsuitable for consumption
The report of Indian railways submitted mentioned about food and water which were not fit and hygienic for consuption. The food served was recycled, contaminated and expired, the water bottles served were not of authorized brands either.
Rodents, insects, cockroaches and dust was noticed in pantry cars of the premier trains. Uncovered food was kept on floor, unsold food articles were kept for recycle, fungal growth seen on some food items were some issues came into notice during CAG team investigation.
3Indian Navy’s disasters due to lapses caused life losses
Due to some shocking lapses in Indian Navy system, 20 personnels lost life in accidents happened in INS Sindhurakshak and INS Sindhuratna. The Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak exploded in August, 2013 where 18 officers died. Whereas two died in fire accident in INS Sindhuratna the following year.
It came into light that mandatory navy drills were not conducted. They were even loaded with near expiry ammunitions.
4Over Rs 61000 crore revenue under-reported by six telecom companies
the six telecom companies – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance Communication, Aircel, and Systema Shyam Teleservices Ltd were found guilty of under-stated their Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) from 2010-2015. The government had reduced earning of Rs 7697 crores due to less collection od spectrum charges and licensing.
5Shortage doctors and expired medicine at government hospitals
Unspent public health fund of over Rs 9500 crore, using expired and substandard medicines. There is also acute shortage of doctors and specialists. Also the medicines issued to patients without ensuring prescribed quality checks and without observing expiry period of drugs.
660% shortfalls of central funds to Assam for flood management
There has been 60% shortfall in central funds to Assam for implementing flood management programme.The centre was to share Rs 2043 crore with Assam for implementing projects between 2007-08 and 2015-16. It released only Rs 812 crores of this amount that is 60% less.
7Crop insurance schemes failure
There were several issues found in crop insurance schemes including Pradhaan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY). The report says about delays and irregularities in release of compensation by states to affected farmers which otherwise has objective to provide timely financial assistance. The CAG highlighted the issue of irregular disbursment of claims by banks and financial institutions to farmer’s account under the schemes.
8Inefficient planning by road Ministry led to unfruitful expenditure
Due to Inefficient planning and monitoring by Road Ministry, there was unfruitful expenditure of Rs 1.85 crores from eight traffic counters from Canada in 2008. Eight Weigh-in-Motion cum Automatic Traffic Counter cum Classifiers were bought for installation by ministry but only two were installed after a delay of almost eight years and other six still lying unistalled and wasted.