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March 20, 2018

Technical education department officials found irregularly diverting and bypassing legislative financial control : CAG Report

Dimapur (Nagaland) : According to the latest CAG report, the officials of the state’s department of Technical Education had indulged in activities that amounted to undermining of legislative financial control.

“An amount of Rs 5.08 crore received as compensation from National Institute of Technology (NIT) for the standing building and land was not deposited into government account and was irregularly diverted bypassing the legislative financial control and accountability,” the report read.

Department records, according to the report, had revealed that 300 acres of land meant for “office complex campus of deputy commissioners” at Chumukedima along with existing infrastructure was given to the NIT by the state government in January 2012. An amount of Rs 5.08 crore was paid by the director of NIT to the commissioner and secretary, department of Higher and Technical Education.

“It was observed that the money received as compensation for the land and buildings was not accounted in the cash book of the director of Technical Education nor was it deposited into government account. On further scrutiny of records, it was noticed that the cheque received by the commissioner and secretary, department of Higher and Technical Education was deposited (18 July 2013) in State Bank of India (current account 30045675060) of director of Technical Education, Nagaland.

“The entire amount was transferred (27 July 2013) to Axis Bank (current account 912010060359987) of director of Technical Education, Nagaland and was again transferred (12 August 2013) to another account in the same bank (913020035971224). None of these accounts were opened with the concurrence of Accountant General as required under extant rules.” the report revealed.

Further, it stated, the official had used the amount for execution of 13 works without obtaining sanction from Finance department, when it should have been remitted to government account. The report noted that the state government’s reply to the CAG was silent on the ‘gross violation of the extant rules’ committed by the official.

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