Despite incurring an expenditure of Rs 37.82 lakh on installation of water harvesting systems, seven Delhi government hospitals failed to avail a rebate of 15 per cent on their water bills, resulting in excess payment of Rs 2.76 crore to Delhi Jal Board during 2010-15.
This was observed by CAG in a performance audit report on the Department of Health and Family Welfare under the city government, which was tabled in Delhi Assembly today.
“Seven government hospitals failed to avail benefit of 15 per cent rebate on their water bills and paid excess amount of Rs 7.28 crore, despite having installed water harvesting and/or recycling of waste water systems in their premises.
“Nevertheless, audit observed that the government did not initiate corrective measures to ensure that hospitals take up the matter with DJB and get the available rebate on their water bills,” the report said.
The report also pointed to the unfruitful expenditure of Rs 1.39 crore on solar water heating system.
“Two government hospitals got solar water heating systems installed in their buildings at a cost of Rs 1.96 crore.
Due to poor planning and absence of any arrangement for the safety and security systems, major part of the systems became dysfunctional, resulting in unfruitful expenditure of Rs 1.39 crore,” it said.
The audit scrutiny of the records further showed that the governing council of the Delhi State Cancer Institute adopted pay structure for its staff at par with AIIMS without consulting the Delhi government in contravention of the provisions of pattern of assistance.
The institute vide office order dated November 27, 2013, raised the academic allowance for its faculty members from Rs 1000 to 10,000 per month with retrospective effect from September 1,2008 without consulting the government, resulting in irregular and unauthorised expenditure of Rs 76 lakh.