Panaji: Police Department in Goa is suffering from an acute shortage of manpower and vehicles, CAG Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has said.
"There was a delay in submission of annual plans resulting in delayed release of funds by the Centre towards the fag end of the year and subsequent non-utilisation of the
same within the financial year," said CAG report tabled on the floor of the House.
The shortage of vehicles has adversely affected the mobility of the force and weapons were issued to the police stations after delay of three years of their receipt by the
department, it said.
The CAG has audited that shortage of various types of vehicles for the force was to the tune of 14 to 37 percent.
Citing that there was utter manpower shortage, the CAG has said that the percentage of vacancies in the force ranged between 5 and 10 between 2004-09.
The report has said the modernisation of police force scheme approved by Centre is aimed at providing additional infrastructure to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of
the state police force.
"The state government could not utilize the funds allotted by the Centre, the perspective plan was not prepared and annual plans were submitted late to the central government
every year," the report added.
The CAG said the implementation of various components of the scheme was tardy and fell short of the targets fixed by the bureau of police research and development.
The failure to start the much-awaited forensic science laboratory was also noticed by the CAG.
The callous affair at state finger print bureau, set up at the cost of Rs 1.33 crore was also highlighted by the CAG.
"The operations of the bureau were hampered due to shortage of trained personnel. The bureau was working with one finger print expert and one searcher, with the help of police
personnel," the report reads.
However, the bureau continued to rely on the police constables for its various functions, which only finger print experts were legally competent to do, it added.