NCERT pulled up by CAG for extra expenditure

Last Updated: Friday, August 5, 2011 - 16:09

New Delhi: The CAG on Friday hauled up the
National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT)
for incurring an extra expenditure of over Rs one crore due to
non-disposal of obsolete books within the stipulated time.
As per the weeding out policy of NCERT, priced
publications are required to be weeded out two years after the
date of release and un-priced publications one year after the
release.

"But due to non-disposal of obsolete books within the
stipulated time as per its weeding out policy, NCERT had to
incur an extra expenditure of Rs 1.41 crore on hiring charges
of godown space for storage of these books," the CAG said in
its report for 2010-11 tabled in Parliament today.

It also pointed to the loss suffered by the University of
Hyderabad to the tune of Rs 2.21 crore due to extending undue
benefits to a contractor by treating different works under one
agreement as a composite project.

The varsity awarded a work order to a Hyderabad-based
contractor for carrying out six different building works with
the university campus, and as per the agreement completion
period of only one work was fixed at within 19 months and for
remaining five works were to be completed within five to nine
months.
"It was noticed in audit that in contravention of the
provisions of the agreement, the university allowed price
escalation amounting to Rs 2.21 crore on five works also, the
stipulated period of completion of which was in the range of
five to nine months, treating all different works as one
project," the CAG report said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, August 5, 2011 - 16:09

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