Food dept fails to submit audit reports, Centre stops subsidy
The food and civil supplies department has failed to avail subsidy worth around ₹100 crore after it failed to submit financial audit reports to the CentreUpdated: Oct 14, 2017 20:14 IST
The food and civil supplies department has failed to avail subsidy worth around ₹100 crore after it failed to submit financial audit reports to the Centre.
This has come as another embarrassment for the department, which has already come under the scanner after an alleged scam in the public distribution system was unearthed in Kumaon region. On October 2, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had terminated the services of the Kumaon regional food controller on findings of the special investigation team (SIT) report.
According to sources, the food and civil supplies department has not submitted its audit reports to the Centre for around 10 years, due to which the latter has held a portion of subsidy – with its net amount standing close to ₹100 crore – meant for distribution of ration. The Centre has sent reminders to the department but to no avail.
Principal secretary, food and civil supplies, Anand Bardhan confirmed that there was “some backlog” of audit reports in the recent years. “The Centre gives 95% of subsidy while the remaining is provided after the accounts have been reconciled with the audit reports. We are working to get audit reports completed at the earliest and should be able to clear off the entire backlog in five to six months,” Bardhan told HT. Audit reports have been completed till the year 2011-12, he added.
First Published: Oct 14, 2017 20:14 IST