NCERT pulled up by CAG for extra expenditure



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