Raps Centre for high priced aircraft
The report has rapped the government for paying a higher price for purchase of five embraer executive jets for VVIP travel and overspending an exorbitant amount of Rs 126.90 crore for laying fancy interiors and in-flight entertainment on board. The current price of the aircraft (excluding spares) available on the internet was $22.45 million (about Rs 109 crore) per aircraft which was below the contracted price of $27.26 million (about Rs 133 crore), the report said.
Chides CPWD for slackness
An avoidable expenditure of Rs 1.65 crore was incurred by the CPWD due to inordinate delay in completion of a residential project for government employees in Kolkata. Though the pile foundation work for a residential complex for Central government employees was completed in January 1998, the construction was awarded to the contractor by CPWD after three years, in January 2001. As a result of the delay, escalation charges amounting to Rs 30.20 lakh were paid .
Bungling in transport allowance for doctors
CAG pulled up the Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, for irregularly paying nearly Rs 50 lakh as transport allowance to doctors and staff staying within a distance of one-kilometre from the work place and asked to recover the payments already made. Transport allowance was not admissible to those employees who had been provided with accommodation within a distance of one-kilometre.