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AGARTALA: After facing opposition heat over various scams, the Manik Sarkar government again came under fire for embezzlement of an amount of Rs. 2 crore, 8 lakh and 99 thousand in the Health sector.
An internal audit accessed by the opposition established the scam for the last four years in the Left regime state.
The report highlighted that:
1. An amount of Rs. 2, 55,643 was not accounted for and deposited to Rogi Kalyan Samiti bank account during the period beginning from April, 2010 to January this year.
2. On scrutiny of relevant records as made available to audit, it was found that the government sustained a total loss of revenue of Rs. 1.60 crore due to non-realization of lease rent of Agartala Government Medical College and GBP Hospital canteens. Moreover, excess payment to the tune of Rs. 16.58 lakh was made to agencies towards short deduction of Income Tax under Section 194J of Income Tax Act, 1961.
3. The report also unearthed various irregularities in cash management including non-preparation of cash analysis and bank reconciliation statement at the end of month, discrepancy between cash book balance and bank statement balance, bill register and the amount recorded in the cash book, expenditure shown twice for one cheque number and amount in the cash book and others.
4. It was also revealed that Rs. 17.22 lakh was used to procure dispensing and nursing materials, more than the approved rate of Directorate of Health Services. Several orders had been issued by executive cum member secretary of Rogi Kalyan Samiti, AGMC and GBP Hospital for purchase of dressing, dispensing and nursing materials, medical X-Ray film etc.
5. Added to it, scrutiny of the records relating to North Eastern Council revealed that an amount of Rs. 81 lakh was received from the Tripura's Health and Family Welfare Department in 2012 for establishment of an 'Accident and Trauma Centre' at GBP Hospital but improper assessment and finalization of the requirement for procurement of instruments for use in the Accident and Trauma Centre' in the Medical College and GBP Hospital to an expenditure of Rs. 15,37,855 could not be put to use till January, 2015.
6. Non-imposition of penalty towards procurement of medical equipments to the tune of Rs. 7.86 lakh. As per the condition, the supply should be made within 60 days from the date of issue of the order which the supplier failed to fulfill. Still, no penalty had been imposed by the authority.
7. Undue benefit extending towards advance payment of Annual Maintenance Contract amounting to Rs. 12.13 lakh.
8. Irregularities in maintenance of GPF accounts of Group – D staffs.
9.Loss of revenue due to unauthorized occupying of at least 37 government quarters who are not serving in any government offices and no allotment letter was issued to them from the Medical Superintendent office.
10. Irregular expenditure to the tune of Rs. 5.26 lakh for sweeping, cleaning of the medical college and hospital building.