Pulls up tourism ministry for irregular spending

Updated: Mar 22 2006, 08:11am hrs
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pulled up the tourism ministry for incurring irregular expenditure of over Rs 80 lakh on engagement of staff in India tourism offices abroad. Noting that engagement of staff was in disregard of instructions, CAG, in its report said, The India tourism offices in London, Milan and Paris had been engaging contingency-paid staff from July 2001 to March 2005 for work of regular nature or against vacant posts and incurred irregular expenditure of Rs 83.17 lakh.

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.