8 years after 26/11 attacks, Maharashtra yet to use funds given to procure arms
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has also recommended action against officers responsible for the negligencemumbai Updated: Aug 11, 2017 01:33 IST
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Maharashtra legislature has criticised the state director-general of police (DGP) for its delay in using funds meant for procuring arms and vehicles for the police force, initiated after the 26/11 terror attacks.
The committee has also recommended action against officers responsible for the negligence.
The legislative committee has criticised the home department for failing to use funds meant to upgrade the police force and even surrendering them back to the government.
The committee headed by senior Congress legislator Gopaldas Agrawal tabled its report before the state assembly on Thursday.
In 2012-13, the procurement of arms and vehicles from funds allocated by the state and the centre was not completed by the DGP office in time and resulted in its delay.
The proposal was initiated after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, says the PAC report.
“The committee has observed that the office of the DGP was not serious about procuring arms and vehicles for the force ignoring the fact that the matter was most important and sensitive in terms of security of the state. This is despite
the Centre approving the purchase scheme on February 27, 2013,” the report pointed out, referring to delay in the procurement.
The PAC has also sought an action-taken report in three months.
The PAC has also strongly objected to a case in which funds meant for police modernisation was found surrendered back to the government after it wasn’t utilised in time.
Referring to the case which was also objected by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), the report said Rs63.33 crore allocated in 2012-13 for police modernisation was surrendered over non-use.
“Surrendering of funds is a serious matter and shows non-planning of the state home department. When other department are suffering
with non-availability of funds, the home department doesn’t use its allocated funds,” it pointed out.