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CAG pulls up frauds in various departments of Manipur govt
Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 24:
Published on 24 Mar. 2011 11:59 PM IST
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The comptroller and auditor general (CAG) has pulled up fraud, misappropriation, embezzlement and losses in various departments under the Manipur government like agriculture, irrigation and flood control, public works, public health engineering and science and technology, etc.
The report of the CAG for the year ended March 31, 2010 was presented in the House of the state Assembly. The report casted a suspect fraudulent payment of Rs 49.84 lakh to a Kolkata based firm for supply of 45 MT each of soyabean and blackgram seeds in agriculture department.
As the payment was based on impermissible supply order and inconsistent delivery records, it led to suspected fraudulent payment, the report pointed out.
Government has lost Rs 1.32 crore due to the failure on the part of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department to execute bank guarantee with the transporter for the value of material to be transported and inaction to get its validity extended beyond the deadline.
The material (1237 MT of steel bars for the Dolaithabi Barrage) was to be transported from M/s Steel Authority of India Ltd, Guwahati to Imphal by a transporter according to the terms and conditions of transportation, the audit transaction report said.
Another doubtful expenditure of Rs 9.21 crore detected in the same IFCD in the construction of Guide Bund with an unacceptable dimension and without any transparency, financial norm and immediate requirement, the report pointed out.
Fraudulent payment of Rs 2.74 crore was made to a contractor in state planning department, the CAG report pointed out alleging that the payment for supply of building material was based on fictitious records.
Test check of the record of the Manipur Development Society, conducted in May 2010, revealed that 1,715 MT of cement valued at Rs 120.05 lakh @ Rs 7000 per MT and 297 MT of steel valued at Rs 154.44 lakh @ Rs 52,000 per MT were purchased from two suppliers, M/s SK Enterprises, Guwahati and M/s Northeast Marketing Company, Dimapur during January 2009 and May 2009.
The society made a payment of Rs 274.49 lakh to the firms for supply of the building material including transportation cost in March 2009. As per delivery challans, the building materials were transported by 33 trucks as of May 2009.
The building materials were purportedly purchased for construction of two district sports complexes at Kodompokpi and Kakching, the report said alleging that during scrutiny of the supply orders, invoices of the supply, delivery challans etc., it turns out be fictitious one.

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