Audit sniffs irregularities in P’kula Red Cross Society

  • Bhartesh Singh Thakur, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2015 13:43 IST

The Red Cross Society, Panchkula, has come under scanner for irregularities pointed out in the Haryana auditor general report. The loss has been pegged at over `1.5 crore.

However, secretary of the Red Cross Society, Vijay Luxmi said only a few minor points were raised in the audit report. “I have filed a reply to the auditor general on the audit,” she said.

All is not well in the Red Cross Society as in January this year, an illegal canteen running at the Mansa Devi temple was also shut down by deputy commissioner-cum-president of the society Vivek Atray. “Corrective measures will be taken on irregularities pointed out in the audit report,” said Atray.


The audit has found that contributions of `57 lakh by the revenue department and the District Information and Technology Society (DITS) earned from property registrations have not been made to the society. It also questioned what steps had been initiated to demand funds. The audit report also pointed out that the stock had not been physically inspected so the items mentioned in the register could not be relied upon. It said `13.63 lakh had been transferred to the deaf and dumb centre in violation of rules from 2009-10 to 2013-14.


The audit found that from 2010-11 to 2013-14, the society spent `15.24 lakh in violation of rules while helping poor and needy with food and medicines and the accident victims. The audit says such distribution of money is not among the society’s objectives and an investigative committee of the Punjab & Haryana high court had also asked to stop it.


It has been found that the society paid salaries to three drivers employed with the general hospital and Nanakpur and Morni health centres from April 1, 2010, to March 31, 2014, amounting to `27.04 lakh. The audit questioned that as the drivers rendered no service to the society during this period, why salaries were paid to them by the society?


The audit says that every department has sanctioned number of posts. As the Red Cross Society did not submit the staff position, the fact about their number according to the sanctioned strength and truth about their salaries and allowances could not be checked.

Rs 11.37 LAKH loss from JAN AUSHADHI shop

The audit finds that the society used to run a jan aushadhi centre from 2009-10 to 2013-14 at Sector 6 General Hospital which suffered a loss of `11.37 lakh. The centre used to sell generic medicines, but as the state government was providing free medicines.


The provident fund subscription of 12% was deducted from the employee’s salary with an equal employer contribution and deposited in the bank accounts of the employees instead of 10% admissible as per rules. It has resulted in a loss of `3.98 lakh, the audit report says.

Rs 37.62 LAKH spent on TRAINING

Blind chair caners were earlier employed with the social justice and empowerment department. But as the use of cane chairs became obsolete, the chair caners were shifted to the district red cross societies. They were to be provided three-month training in chalk disposable glass and candle making so they could function as master trainers in the vocational training centres. But in the absence of vocational training centre, the objective couldn’t be achieved, says the audit report. Meanwhile, chair caners received Rs 37.6 lakh in terms of pay and allowances from 2009-2014.

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