CAG slams police for buying vehicles and not using them

The latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has slammed the West Bengal Police and the state government for buying two troop carriers for anti-Maoist operation at a cost of over Rs 90 lakh "without considering their suitability".

In its report that was tabled in the Assembly on Wednesday, the CAG states the two troop carriers have been lying idle for the past three years as they were found unsuitable for use. The West Bengal Police had made the procurement in 2009 "without considering their suitability resulting in the vehicles not being used in anti-terrorist operations for more than two years and consequent blockage of funds," it stated.

The report also slammed the state Home Department for "ignoring the opinion of the district police authorities" while sanctioning the order. The Police Directorate had also expressed reservations about the suitability of the vehicle on account of high cost, inconclusive field trials and non-availability of technical certificate regarding the vehicle being mine-proof, the report said, and added: "Scrutiny of records of SP Paschim Medinipur (West Midnapore) revealed that the vehicle was not utilised for a single operation since its deployment as it did not have bomb blast proof technology and due to its low fuel economy and inability to move in narrow roads and forests due to its large size."

The auditors also flayed the state government for making the purchase directly from Ural India Limited without calling for tenders.

'PSU losses of R 6,000 crore could have been controlled'

Kolkata: Criticising the Public Sector Undertakings under the West Bengal government, the CAG has said that with better management of its resources, PSUs' accumulated losses of more than Rs 6,000 crore could have been "controlled". "The losses of PSUs are mainly attributable to deficiencies in financial management, planning, implementation of project, inefficient operation and monitoring."

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