Services overdrawing cheap liquor: CAG

CAG today pulled up by the services for overdrawing cheap liquor worth over Rs 19 crores from the Canteen Stores Department and asked them to ensure that it doesn`t leak into civilian markets.

Updated: Aug 13, 2010, 22:18 PM IST

New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor
Genral (CAG) today pulled up by the services for overdrawing
cheap liquor worth over Rs 19 crores from the Canteen Stores
Department and asked them to ensure that it doesn`t leak into
civilian markets.

"We observed that units were drawing liquor excess of
the authorised on the strength of the unit. The value of such
excess withdrawal of concessional liquor was Rs 7.82 crore and
its market value was Rs 19.45 crore," it said in a report
tabled in Parliament.

The CAG held the Station Headquarters in Dehu Road
near Pune and Jabalapur and Delhi-based Rajputana Rifles
Regimental Centre (RRRC) responsible for the overdrawing of
liquor.

"Of the Rs 5.26 crores worth of liquor overdrawn in
Delhi, RRRC alone had overdrawn 57,076 cases of liquor valuing
Rs 4.79 crore," the report said.

The auditors asked the CSD and the Services to ensure
that the liquor is issued to the Unit Run Canteen (URC)
"strictly" as per their authorisation to prevent its leakage
into the civil market.

CAG also pulled up the Army headquarters for denying
access to the records of URCs in spite of repeated requests.

CSD reaches out to the consumers through approximately
3,600 URCs. The URCs are outside the purview of the
Parliamentary financial oversight as they are considered to be
regimental institutions.

"In the interest of transparency and completeness, the
operational results of the URCs should be disclosed... This
would enable the financial statements of CSD to provide a true
and fair view of the complete operations of the organisation,"
it said.

-PTI