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CAG detects anomalies in two more deptts
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Mar. 2009 1:16 AM IST
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Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report March, 2008 has detected anomalies in the state Agriculture, and Irrigation & Flood Control departments. The CAG report on Agriculture department detected suspected misappropriation of Rs.2.17 crore released by the Director of Agriculture to the District Agricultural Officer (DAO), Tuensang for implementation of schemes. The CAG Report stated that the Director of Agriculture released an amount of Rs.3.21 crore between October 2004 to January 2007 in the form of Bank drafts and cash for implementation of 13 schemes to the DAO Tuensang during 2004-05 to 2006-2007. The DAO, Tuensang acknowledged the receipt by submitting the Actual Payee’s Receipts signed by him to the director. On scrutiny of records of the DAO Tuensang in May 2007, the CAG report revealed that out of the total fund of Rs.3.21 crore released by the Directorate, only Rs.1.04 crore was accounted by the DAO Tuensang in the cash book. Valuables register or separate registers for schemes were also not maintained by the DAO. Besides, records in support of expenditure of Rs 2.17 crore did not exist. Given the records, an amount of Rs.2. 17 crore was found to have been misappropriated. “The matter was discussed with the Commissioner and secretary, Agriculture department in November 2008 who assured the investigation into the matter,” the report added. Meanwhile, the CAG reported also pointed out suspected misappropriation of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Loan in Irrigation & Flood Control (I&FC) department. “NABARD loan amounting to Rs.44.17 lakhs meant for implementation of Minor Irrigation Projects in Wokha district is suspected to have been misappropriated” the CAG report stated. The Chief Engineer (CE), I&FC Department received Rs 6.65 crore as loan from the NABARD for implementation of various Minor Irrigation (MI) projects in Nagaland during 2003-04 to 2006-07. The CE released an amount of Rs 50.07 lakh from the fund during March 2003 to March 2006 to the EE, I &FC Wokha Division for implementation of MI Projects in Wokha district. Out of the Rs 50.07 lakh which was claimed to have been released, the CE could produce Actual Payee’s Receipts only for Rs.44.17 lakh. Records in respect of the balance amount of Rs. 5.90 lakh could not be produced to audit even after repeated reminders, the report stated. The CAG report also said the scrutiny of records in August 2007 of EE, I &FC Wokha revealed that the fund stated to have been released by the CE in cash was not recorded in the cash book. Besides, records in support of the expenditure of Rs.44.17 lakh could not be furnished to audit either by the CE or EE. When this was pointed out, the EE, I & FC, Wokha stated that the Division had not received any funds from the CE, I &FC for implementation of MI projects during the above period, the CAG report added. Thus, an amount of Rs 44.17 lakh shown as disbursed by the CE of implementation of MI projects was suspected to have been misappropriated at either end. The CE during discussion in November 2008 stated that the amount was available with the EE but he failed to produce any records like cash book, bank pass book etc to substantiate his statement. The matter was reported to the government in April 2008 but the reply had not been received till November 2008, the report informed. The CAG of India for the year ended on March 31, 2008, was presented to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly on March 13, by state Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.

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