Check leakage of def liquor in civil market: PAC
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 21:24
New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel on Wednesday said it was "concerned" over defence liquor finding its way to the civilian market and asked the Ministry to take "stringent action" against delinquent personnel who are involved.

"Concerned over leakage of defence liquor in civilian market, the Committee have recommended stricter controls and stringent disciplinary action against delinquent personnel," the Public Accounts Committee said in a press release here.

The release was issued after the Committee tabled its two reports on Army rations supply management chain and unit-run canteens (URCs) in the Parliament.

The Armed Forces are provided liquor at concessional rates by the Government through the Canteen Stores Department (CSD).

Speaking to reporters after tabling the report, PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi said there was "mismanagement" in defence lands and that the ministry should develop online Management Information Systems (MIS) to determine the amount of land with them and how much is under encroachment.

Asked why the Armed Forces were exempted from the Lokpal Bill passed by the Lok Sabha yesterday in view of several ration and other scams, Joshi said, "They have a different system for that purpose (to probe irregularities) and that has to be strengthened."

"If they have the MIS, they will be able to check these scams. If they don't know whether the land belongs to them, for which the Adarsh scam is the best example," he said.

Scams in procurement of potato and meat could be checked if they have a system such as the MIS.


First Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 21:24

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