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Auditors smell a rat at National Games

A piquant situation has arisen in the state capital over the issue of commencing second round of audit in the secretariat of the National Games Organizing Committee.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2011 21:05 IST
Madan Kumar

A piquant situation has arisen in the state capital over the issue of commencing second round of audit in the secretariat of the National Games Organizing Committee (NGOC).

A special team of audit officers from the office of the principal accountant general (PAG) has been demanding over 40 documents related to financial transactions from NGOC secretariat to conduct audit. The NGOC office-bearers are delaying the handing over of the demanded files.

A special team of officers from the PAG office reached the NGOC secretariat at Morhabadi ground here on March 1, just two days after the concluding ceremony of the mega sports event, and formally informed the NGOC Secretary S M Hashmi for beginning the second round of audit, source said.

The audit team also handed over a list of over 40 documents including account registers, cash-books and bank accounts, to Hashmi and requested him to provide some of the requisitioned files at once, so that the visiting team could begin its work, says a source.

Hashmi received the list of requisitioned files, he declined to share the documents and registers to the audit team on the plea that he would hand over files only after getting permission from the executive body of the NGOC.

The audit officers again visited the NGOC secretariat on 3rd March and asked for the requisitioned documents. But they didn’t get any cooperation from the NGOC secretariat.

The audit team reportedly complained to the PAG on Thursday that the NGOC authorities were neither extending cooperation nor providing documents to begin audit.

The audit team visited the NGOC secretariat on Friday and demanded requisitioned documents. But they didn’t get any files. "So far, not a single file has been provided by the NGOC," audit officer told HT on Friday evening.

Taking serious note of the dilly-dallying attitude of the NGOC in providing documents, the PAG on Friday wrote a letter to the State Government, including the sports secretary Sukhdev Singh, and drew their attention towards the matter.

"It is a matter of concern that despite a lapse of two working days, not a single file has been provided to the visiting audit party by the NGOC. It is to be noted that the PAG office had sent advance notice to the government and the NGOC on December 29, 2010 and February 22, intimating that audit would commence immediately after the conclusion of the National Games and all documents should be kept ready for production before the audit party," the PAG wrote to the government on Friday, expressing concern over non-cooperation from the NGOC.

On being contacted over phone, Hashmi told Hindustan Times on Friday that he was out of Ranchi and also sick.