Discoms don't share details, babus wink at refusal, says CAG

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    NEW DELHI: Comptroller and auditor general Shashi Kant Sharma has written to Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung apprising him of the fact that the three discoms in the state were refusing to share vital records for audit.

    The CAG apprised the LG of "frequent changes made in data supplied and the missing fields" which remain unresolved.

    "With such gaps in the information provided to audit, it is not possible to arrive at any reliable audit conclusion," Sharma said.
    Tata Power, according to the CAG, has refused to share its energy audit reports, internal audit findings and minutes of its audit committee and all data relating to billing prior to financial year 2011.

    In fact, none of the discoms have provided complete details of electricity bills prior to 2011.

    The discoms had very reluctantly agreed for an audit after the Delhi high court had directed them to provide their records. But the HC order has not helped the federal auditor much as it continues to face resistance from these companies which refuse to share vital transaction details for scrutiny. The situation has hardly changed even after the CAG brought this to the notice of the courts.

    While the government retains 49% share in each of these three discoms, the private companies with 51% share in the joint ventures are calling the shots, according to the CAG's letter to LG. While BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) are owned by Reliance ADAG, the Tata Power Delhi Distribution is owned by the Tata group.

    CAG has sought the intervention of the LG and a directive to the chief secretary to ensure that records and information sought by the auditor are furnished at the earliest and that the top bureaucrat should be made responsible for compliance of the above directive on a regular basis.

    Discoms don't share details, babus wink at refusal, says CAG - The Times of India

    PS: The LG of Delhi Mr. Jung is a former employee of Reliance

    Delhi Distcoms buy electricity at <2.5 rs / unit

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