The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in an interim report has allegedly found financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 108 crore.
Rs 905.72 crore was released between 2013-14 and 2017-18 according to the interim report, the NDTV reported. An amount of Rs 52 crore was given to the System Integrator(SI) as undue Mobilisation Advance(MA) which led to the loss of interest of Rs 9 crore.
“An amount of Rs 52,07,99,238 was released as MA to the SI, Wipro Ltd which led to the loss of interest amounting to Rs.9,49,36,632. Non-recovery of penalty led to undue benefit to Wipro and consequence loss to government exchequer amount to Rs 2.91 crore,” the report observed as quoted by NDTV.
The report also added that the sole bidder WIPRO was selected as SI for development and maintenance of NRC Software Solution and setting up of NRC Sewa Kendras. However, the SI could not commission the NSKs within the stipulated timeframe which resulted in another loss.
Meanwhile, it is reported that the report was only from 2018 and only included observations and not final conclusions.
Earlier Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said that the CAG of India has detected huge anomalies at the NRC list and that he will table the report at the ongoing winter session of the Assam Assembly.
An FIR was also registered against former state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela by the Assam Public Works (APW), with the CBI alleging misappropriation of the NRC fund.
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