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UPSRTC field officials caught fudging figures

india Updated: Oct 01, 2006 01:21 IST
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THE FIELD officers of the UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) have been fudging figures for years to show more income on records to get a pat on the back. This time, however, they have been caught red-handed.

An inquiry has found a difference of around Rs 7 crore in the monthly profit /loss statements of some regions and the actual balance -sheet for the year 2005-06.

Taking a serious note of the matter, outgoing MD Deepak Trivedi had on August 24 dashed off a stern letter to all the regional managers (RMs) warning them of tough action if they continued to fudge figures. The letter advised the assistant regional managers (finance) to directly complain to the MD if their RMs  forced them to fabricate figures.

“From analysis of the final accounts of 2005-06, it appears that there is a lot of variation in the figures of the monthly profit/loss accounts and the final actual accounts, as being furnished by most of the regions,” said Trivedi in the letter, adding, “It appears that you are providing misleading figures to the SRTC management and not apprising it of the actual situation. This is very serious and regrettable.” He further wrote, “If any variation  is found in future, disciplinary action will be initiated against you, holding you personally accountable.”   

The MD’s directives came following an inquiry by the department’s Finance Controller (FC). During examination of records FC, SP Verma found the officers having manipulated figures. In her report, given on August 19, the FC says that the field officers were showing considerable expenditure on spare parts in the passenger-accident fund. The amount being booked in the passenger facility head far exceeded the total amount of salary to the employees posted at bus stations. Likewise, large expenditure on electricity, repair etc was being shown in the fund whereas as per rules only the expenditure related to the bus stations could be booked in the fund.

Sources said that some RMs had given it in writing that their predecessors were fudging figures to show more profits and now their income could not be compared to that of theirs as they sent actual figures. “But it is to be seen if the management will ever take any action against the erring RMs,” added sources.

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