Slack police brass cause revenue loss
WHILE THE State police department faced a financial crunch, slackness on the part of senior officers led to revenue loss of Rs 5.13 crore to the department. The department incurred losses on the deployment of personnel for security of VIPs, banks and other installations in the State.india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 01:08 IST
WHILE THE State police department faced a financial crunch, slackness on the part of senior officers led to revenue loss of Rs 5.13 crore to the department. The department incurred losses on the deployment of personnel for security of VIPs, banks and other installations in the State.
In its report for 2005, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) expressed dismay that neither the department nor the State Government replied to its queries properly.
The SPs of several districts were directly responsible for failing to realise revenue. A sample survey in Azamgarh, Faizabad, Ghaziabad, Gonda, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut and Shahjehanpur revealed policemen were deployed for security of several banks from April 1999 to March 2004. The department was to recover Rs 6.13 crore from these organisations. But, due to a dispute between the police and banks over the attendance of these personnel, Rs 3.23 crore was paid. The SPs could not recover the Rs 2.90 crore.
The police headquarters told the CAG in August 2005 that information in this connection was being collected.
Similarly, Rs 8.24 lakh could not be recovered from 33 persons who were provided gunners in Bahraich, Basti, Gonda and Ghaziabad from April 2001 to September 2004.
Even after lapse of the period for which advance payment was made, the SPs did not withdraw gunners from these people.
The police also suffered a loss of Rs 1.71 crore because of non-disposal of seized items, including vehicles at 315 police stations in 20 districts in 2004.
As per rules, police are empowered to auction such properties after six months.
By August 2005, the police could auction 76 vehicles for Rs 5.80 lakh.
The apathy of SPs in Agra, Azamgarh, Basti, Bahraich, Faizabad, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Gonda, Jaunpur, Jhansi and Meerut also caused loss of Rs 44.13 lakh. This was because of non-collection of electricity charges from policemen between May 2002 and January 2004.
The CAG also detected illegal diversion of Rs 1.09 crore from electricity charges to maintenance of offices in 13 districts. In 21 districts, the SPs did not deposit Rs 54 lakh in the treasury, as per rule. The sum was seized from gambling dens.