CAG frowns at BMC in special audit of expenses during MVA rule


MUMBAI: The Accountant General (Audit-I) Maharashtra has rebuked the nation’s largest and richest civic physique, BrihanMumbai Municipal Company (BMC), for sure lapses and irregularities in a Particular Audit of 76 recognized works value Rs 12,000 crore.

The audit, overlaying 9 key BMC departments, was carried out for works carried out between November 28, 2019 – the day when Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) got here to energy within the state and Uddhav Thackeray took oath because the Chief Minister – and October 31, 2022.

Ordered on October 31, 2022 by the brand new authorities headed by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, the audit additionally included the expenditure on 13 Jumbo Covid Centres, 24 ward workplaces, 5 main hospitals, six specialised hospitals, 17 peripheral hospitals, one dental hospital and others .

Nonetheless, the BMC had despatched a authorized discover to the CAG on November 17, 2022, to not go forward with any audit of acts, works or choices taken for Covid administration or expenditure of Rs 3,538.73 crore, referring to the Epidemic Act, 1897 and Catastrophe Administration Act, 2005.

The state authorities, in November 2022, rubbished the BMC’s contentions, and regardless of many reminders, the Mumbai civic physique didn’t produce information associated to Covid-19 administration.

Accordingly, the Particular Audit has omitted the Covid-19 administration half on grounds that with out the related information, no affirmation could be made in audit on the propriety, effectivity, economic system and effectiveness of Covid 19 associated expenditure by BMC.

“Needless to mention that non-cooperation of BMC in producing the Covid-19 management records for the purpose of Special Audit, apart from impinging on the Constitutional Responsibilities devolved on the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, also deprived BMC of crucial audit inputs. As per the powers and functions entrusted under the Constitution and DPC Act and in keeping with legal replies filed as mentioned above, further appropriate steps, are reserved,” stated the Audit Report.

Established in 1873, the BMC administers an space of ​​480 sq km via three divisions, seven zones and 24 wards, that makes up the nation’s business capital.

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