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Sanjib Kr Baruah, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 06, 2014
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Shashi Kant Sharma, in a letter to Delhi L-G Najeeb Jung, has criticised the ineffective role of three top Delhi government officials in facilitating the audit of three Delhi discoms. Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna Power are being audited following the then CM Arvind Kejriwal’s recommendation to Jung. Kejriwal’s plea was that the discoms fudged their accounts and were not making losses as they claimed and that an audit would bring down tariffs.

The audit was authorised by the Delhi high court and the process began January 27.

But five months later, Sharma said the discoms were stonewalling the CAG and the three Delhi officials — chief secretary RK Srivastava, principal secretary (finance) MM Kutty and the principal secretary (power) Arun Goel, who are directors in the boards of the three discoms — were ineffective in getting the audit body necessary information.

“(The officials) have not been able to play the role of facilitator effectively … the discoms are not responding positively or timely. Issues such as frequent changes in data supplied and missing fields remain unresolved. With such gaps in information, it is not possible to arrive at any reliable audit conclusion,” Sharma wrote.

Goel admitted to HT that since the audit started, “not many meetings have taken place… but we have stressed to the discoms to share all data with CAG”.

Srivastava could not be contacted while Kutty said all queries relating to the audit should be addressed to the power department.

The three officials are directors in the boards of the three discoms by virtue of the Delhi government having 49% share in the equity of each discom.

Sharma said TPDDL still had to give 51% of vital records, BSES Rajdhani 38% and BSES Yamuna Power 33%.

“The pendency is significant as it involves crucial, relevant records… negligible records have been produced for the 2002-03 to 2006-07,” Sharma said.

The CAG also said that despite the discoms having adopted ERP software, the soft data has not been made available.

ERP is a business-management software that companies use to collect, store, manage and interpret data.