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The five Cs that scare the PSUs

Public sector undertakings (PSUs) are scared of five Cs: namely, the central information commission (CIC), central vigilance commission (CVC), central bureau of investigation (CBI), comptroller and

The five Cs that scare the PSUs

Public sector undertakings (PSUs) are scared of five Cs: namely, the central information commission (CIC), central vigilance commission (CVC), central bureau of investigation (CBI), comptroller and

A sincere attempt to improve the quality of medicine for people around the world

For over two and half years now, I have tried very hard to convince the Indian government to do something about the widespread prevalence of substandard drugs in the country. A recent report puts t

CAG: 64 CPSEs completely eroded by accumulated loss

The net worth of 64 central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) has been completely eroded by accumulated loss with their net worth turning out to be negative during 2014-15. This was noted in a fina

CAG raps HLL for poor market practices

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has heavily criticised the central public sector undertaking (PSU) HLL Lifecare Limited, which makes and markets a range of health care products.

India’s opaque mobile phone companies

Facing a loss pegged at  Rs 12,488 crore by the CAG due to under-reporting of revenue by telecom service providers, the department of telecommunications (DoT) has initiated phase-wise process

How science and technology are misgoverned in India

The comptroller and audit general (CAG) of India has found major flaws in the administrative functioning of the department of science and technology (DST) and selected autonomous bodies that are un

Continuous rise in crime against women in UP: CAG report

The incidence of crime against women in Uttar Pradesh has been rising consistently during last five years, said a performance audit that covers the period from 2010-11 to 2014-15. &l

Borrow, but carefully

Many people may not know that there is a National Debt Clock of India, which gives second-by-second details of the overall position of India’s debt. At 11 am on August 19, when I star

DBT Blues: Add a zero at the end

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has strongly contested the government’s claim of having saved several thousands of crores through the direct benefit transfer for LPG (DBTL)

The first P in PPP

Public-private partnerships (PPPs), the preferred way these days to develop infrastructure like highways and airports, is a curious thing: it is both public and private. Thus, the Delhi air

Delhi in deep waters

The waterlogged roads and huge traffic jams witnessed in Delhi in August hogged the headlines in the media, with the high court judges hitting out at the Delhi government. Even the US secretary of

Income tax department irregularly allowed deductions: CAG

 The income tax department irregularly allowed deduction to assessees in 33 cases across 13 states in respect of infrastructure developed by joint venture formed by collaboration with foreign

Unutilised grant for e-Bharat project not recovered: CAG

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) detected non-recovery of unutilized grant and interest thereon for e-Bharat -Project from National Institute of Smart Government (NISG), Hyderabad.

Ensure train timings are updated in real time: CAG to railways

“Accuracy and real time updation of arrival/departure timings of trains may be ensured to provide accurate and reliable information to the passengers,” recommended the C

Power reforms scheme running slow: CAG

The CAG has found shortcomings in the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP), which was to focus on reduction of losses, establishment of reliable and au

CAG spots opaqueness in government finances

“Opaqueness was noticed in 32 receipts and expenditure major heads wherein more than 50 percent of total expenditure and receipts were recorded under minor head - Other Expenditure/Other Rece

DDA doesn’t know how much land it owns

DDA had no consolidated information/database in respect of land acquired and utilised for various schemes as well as vacant land in hand, said the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in a repor

Dice loaded against you in Mizoram lotteries

The tickets of online lotteries were sold till the last moment before the draw. No sales report was generated before the draw, said the CAG in a report on the Mizoram state lotteries.

Basic infrastructure, amenities lacking in TN juvenile homes: CAG

There are shortcomings in the juvenile homes in Tamil Nadu, showed an audit report. A

Asha Kiran home for mentally challenged over-burdened: CAG’s 2015 report

The shocking state of affairs at Asha Kiran, the Delhi government’s home for the mentally challenged, is now in focus following a surprise visit by a team led by Delhi Commission for Women ch

CAG spots avoidable loss of Rs 1,394 crore to Jharkhand’s revenue

  An audit of Jharkhand’s revenue sector carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) relating to taxes showed it were either not or short levied and loss of ta

Arrears of Service Tax have shot up: CAG

Arrears of Service Tax, which was Rs 22,014 crore in 2012-13, tripled to Rs 71,257 crore in 2014-15. However, recovery during the year as a percentage of unrestrained recoverable arrears registered

Railways suffered over Rs 33,000 crore loss on passenger service: CAG

  The Railways was unable to meet its operational cost of passenger and other coaching services. During 2014-15, there was a loss of Rs 33,821.70 crore on passenger and other coa

Will not link Aadhaar with NATGRID: Ravi Shankar Prasad

 Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that 113 crore people trust Aadhaar. “If I talk about the poor, 60 crore people are not complaining , they are happy. When their MN

CAG detects shortcomings in Maharashtra PSUs

The Comptroller and Auditor General has noticed shortcomings in Maharashtra PSUs and said that the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited even after 14 years of its existence could not dev

CAG spots irregularities in ‘Zero Tax Companies’

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has noticed irregularities in the way the income tax department (ITD) carried out the assessment of Zero Tax Companies.   Se

REC, PFC didn’t conduct appropriate due diligence: CAG

Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) and Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC) did not conduct appropriate due diligence during credit appraisal in power generation projects and in t

Programmes in Odisha’s naxal areas not properly implemented: CAG

A performance audit in Odisha on ‘Special interventions for development of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts in the State’ showed that special intervention programmes in the

Shortcomings spotted in Rajasthan scheme in dacoit infested area

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has spotted shortcomings for development of Rajasthan’s Dang Area which is characterised by ravines, gorges and infested with dacoits. &nbs

Why cities aren’t able to give good quality life to people

We now know why people are not getting a good quality of life in cities. Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy analysed the financial management of urban local bodies (ULB) and presented

Watch what food you are eating

There is a possibility that all this while you may have been consuming substandard food as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has detected lapses in enforcing food safety.  

CAG spots irregularities in Income Tax assessments

There has been persistent and pervasive irregularities in respect of corporation tax and income tax assessments cases over the years, noted a CAG report. The report said that recurre

Shortcomings in bio-toilets on trains: CAG

Different variants of bio-toilets were installed in seven trains on a trial basis during January 2011 to April 2012. However, before the test results in respect of these rakes could be analysed, ra

Irregularities spotted in Kudankulam n-power project

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has spotted irregularities in Kudankulam nuclear power projects, units 1 and 2.   The scheduled date of completion was postponed

CAG had spotted lacunae in gems and jewellery sector

There was a sharp increase in the share of import of gold after 2007‐08 because of its rise in its asset demand. Interestingly, in 2013‐14 the export of rough diamond and non-monetary form of g

Bad water on wheels

While train accidents get much attention, there’s something else that should equally be attended to: the railway’s drinking water supply, which could well have caused many more deaths t

The buck must stop somewhere

 We are now faced with a situation in which senior officials across government are not doing their duty. That role has shifted to the next higher level, the comptroller and auditor general (CA

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