‘Army denying CAG access to accounts’

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    The current LokPal bill bought by the UPA had a provision to keep the Army and Defence forces under its ambit but was amended later to keep the Armed forces out. This is a great tradegy as a big chunk of our budget goes to defence and we want our money to be utilized in the defence of our country and not to line pockets of unscrupulous people. There have been scams in the Army particularly related to procurement and now Army is openly denying access to CAG even AFTER the Defence ministry has given the go ahead.

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    ‘Army denying CAG access to accounts’ - Indian Express

    Taking a dim view of the denial of access to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to scrutinise the accounts of Unit Run Canteens (URCs) of the Army, having an annual turnover of Rs 8,500 crore, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has asserted that the government auditor has the right to examine them.

    Releasing committee reports on the canteens and supply chains of rations of the Army, PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi said the panel was “perturbed that despite the direction of the Ministry of Defence, the CAG was denied access to the records of the URCs with the result the financial oversight by Parliament was obstructed”.

    The panel termed “untenable”, the contention that the statutory audit “would adversely affect the morale of troops”.

    The committee rejected the notion that the canteens meant for the welfare of jawans were run through their self-contribution. Joshi said the panel felt that the canteens operated from government buildings and lands, used government transport, and drew on the Consolidated Fund of India. Therefore, it was just in order that the CAG examined the accounts of canteens.

    Joshi said the service chiefs had reservations about appearing before the PAC, but they were directed by the Defence Ministry to do so.

    There are a total of 3,600 URCs. The committee took note of “glaring deficiencies and inadequacies of the functioning of Supply Chain Management of rations in the Indian Army”. He listed dated procurement procedures adopted for the provisioning of dry rations, issue of rations to troops even after expiry of original estimates storage life, highly non-competitive procurement procedure, deviation from the norms laid for tendering process, and poor satisfaction level of troops regarding quality, quantity and taste of rations.
     
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