CAG detects Rs 54 crore fake withdrawals in North Cachar Hills.

CAGGuwahati:The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has identified 15 cases of suspected fake drawal or misappropriation concerning Rs 54 crore 97 lakh and 49 thousand in the transactions of North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) during 2007 and 2009 fiscals.

Details of the fraud of the above sum have been provided by the CAG in its report of the Government of Assam (Civil), for the year ended on March 31, 2011. The CAG carried out a special audit of the transactions of the NCHAC. The report of the CAG was tabled in the State Assembly.

The Health and Family Welfare Department of the Council also futile to furnish utilisation and situation of Rs 1.75 crore after its withdrawal from the district fund between November 2007 and March 2009 for acquire of medicine, carrying out of health care scheme and incentives to doctors. So, misappropriation of this amount could not be ruled out, the CAG said.

The Council released Rs 5.94 crore to the Executive Engineer (EE) of its Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) between June 2008 and March 2009 for preservation of the water supply schemes. Although, no step was taken to make sure receipt of materials or execution of works in respect of the payment of Rs 1.98 crore made to 8 contractors and suppliers during January–February 2009.

The CAG also reported misuse of a fund of Rs 2.20 crore by the Public Works Department (PWD) of the Autonomous Council. The NCHAC withdrew the said amount on January 30, 2009 from the district fund for clear the outstanding liabilities of the Haflong and Mahur PWD divisions.

But the amount was neither penetrates in the cash book nor was any document in support of the release to the division concerned made available to audit while called for. So, this amount was misappropriated, the CAG said.

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