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After golf carts, CAG pulls up Army for golf club construction

The Army on Friday got a rap from government auditors for diverting Rs 72 lakh towards construction of a golf club building in Ambala with funds meant for repair of its unit shelters.



New Delhi: The Army on Friday got a rap from
government auditors for diverting Rs 72 lakh towards
construction of a golf club building in Ambala with funds
meant for repair of its unit shelters.

The slamming by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)
comes two years after Chandimandir-based Western Command had
bought golf carts for use by its generals in its golf club in
the guise of patient transport vehicles for its Command
Hospital.
In its report on Defence Services, presented to
Parliament, the CAG said the construction of the golf club in
Ambala Cantonment was "yet another case of misuse of financial
powers" by the Army.

The report for 2010-11 has squarely blamed the 2 `Kharga`
Corps chief, a Lieutenant General, for diversion of funds for
the golf club "under the cover of sanctions issued for
carrying out special repairs and construction of storage,
accommodation for some Army units."

The sanction for the four construction works had been
given in December 2006 and the work was completed in February
2008.

The Command Works Engineer (CWE) had concluded a single
deal in May 2007 for the building as special repairs and no
drawing was part of the contract.
"However, an unauthorised club building, that is a double
storey building having a restaurant, kitchen, bar, committee
room, museum, library, golf secretary`s office, reception and
toilets block, was got constructed in Kharga Environment Park
and Training Area (KEPTA), another name of golf club," the
CAG report said.

The Defence Ministry told the CAG in March 2010 that all
sanctioned works had been executed on ground and the low
budgeted works were carried out on three separate buildings
and handed over to the respective units.

It also said that the building (golf club) already
existed at the site and was put under special repairs.

"The Ministry`s contentions are factually incorrect as
records indicate that during execution of the contract, the
entire building was demolished and new building for the golf
club was constructed at the site as per design and drawings
provided to the contractor, although no drawing formed part of
the contract," the CAG said.

PTI

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