Chief minister’s office seeks audit report from P’kula civic body

  • Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jan 06, 2015 15:10 IST

The chief minister’s office (CMO) of Haryana has sought a report along with comments of the officials concerned regarding financial mismanagement or embezzlement of funds from the local bodies department, as revealed in the audit report of the Panchkula civic body.

Congress workers staging a protest against the Punjab government in Rupnagar on Monday.

However, principal secretary to the CM Sumita Mishra has clarified that no probe has been ordered yet. She said, “No probe has been ordered till now. We have also asked the department concerned to send us the report with comments, based on which, we would take action.”

HT had reported that how against a target revenue collection of Rs 42.53 crore, only Rs 2.92 crore was realised in 2012-13, which implies 93.13% of the revenue couldn’t be realised. Also, the MC could collect rent worth ` 33 lakh out of ` 25 crore in 2012-13.

The audit report also found improper maintenance of accounts, and various regulations and acts were also violated.

Without government’s sanction, excess and ir re gular payments with respect to park development societies numbering around 250 were paid, which were enhanced from Rs 1 per sq mt to Rs1.50 per sq mt, and now Rs 3 per sq mt. Funds worth Rs 1.37 crore were received for SC basties (colonies) but remained unspent.

Also, the report pointed out that rs lakh was standing against the officials of the local body, and that many records were not even shown to them.

The chest book since 2002 till date; movable and immovable property register; register of licences; stamp duty since 2010 till date; encroachment register since its inception; monthly and annual accounts since its inception; register of fire call charges since its inception; composition cases since its inception; register of provident fund accounts since 2010 till date; income from advertisements; hoardings; cellular mobile towers; registers of cattle pounds and dead animals; and registers of cheques since its inception, were not put up before auditors.

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