New Delhi/Mumbai. Where on one hand the report of the CAG (CAG Report) on the matters of Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was placed in front of the House last Saturday. On the other hand, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, after placing the report before the House, said that this is just a trailer, the whole picture is yet to be seen. It may be noted that a special inquiry was initiated by the BJP-Shinde government last year. CAG has audited the work of 12 thousand crores spent in BMC from 28 November 2019 to 28 February 2022 i.e. during the Corona period.
This is just a trailer – Fadnavis
On the other hand, the Deputy Chief Minister of the state Fadnavis, after placing the report before the House, said that this is just a trailer, the whole picture is yet to be seen. In such a situation, he/she has now given a clear indication that more cases of Shiv Sena and MVA government will be investigated. Presenting this report, Fadnavis targeted the previous government in the House without naming it. he/she said the probe was limited to Rs 12,000 crore only. Had the entire functioning of the civic body been probed, more irregularities would have come to the fore.
While Fadnavis presented the CAG report in the House, the members of the opposition parties staged a walkout from the House. The BJP members demanded an ACB inquiry into the irregularities brought to light by the CAG. To which Deputy CM Fadnavis clarified that the CAG report will be sent to the Public Accounts Committee of the Legislature for scrutiny.
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Be informed that, while presenting this report in the House, Deputy Chief Minister of the state Devendra Fadnavis targeted the previous MVA government. The report pointed out the lack of transparency and planning in the work done by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation during 28 November 2019 to 28 February 2022, as well as the careless use of funds. Along with this, full mention has also been made of not being able to audit the Corona Management Expenditure records during that period.
At the same time, during this audit, it has come to light that BMC had issued tender for 20 works worth Rs 214.48 crore in two departments without inviting tenders. This was against the civic body’s manual as well as the established vigilance guidelines. Simultaneously, in 64 works worth Rs 4,755.94 crore in 5 departments, no formal agreement was signed between the contractors and the BMC. In the absence of legal contract, BMC will not be able to take any legal recourse against these contractors in case of default.
Besides, third party auditors were not even appointed to ascertain the quality and quantity of works done by the contractors in 13 works costing Rs 3,355.57 crore in three departments, according to the audit report.