Heated debate on power crisis
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The report had blamed govt for import of coal for power generation resulting in cost escalationHyderabad: Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday said that the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) could not be treated as " Bible, Quran or Bhagavad Gita." Intervening during a short duration discussion on the power crisis in the Assembly on Monday, Kiran said, "Unless the Public Accounts Committee and the Committee on Public Enterprises analysed the CAG observations, we cannot take them seriously." The intervention was necessitated as TDP senior leader P Keshav said that the CAG pulled up the government for spending excessively to buy coal used for power generation. He quoted the CAG report as saying that the government imported two varieties of coal at the cost of Rs 4795 per tonne and Rs 3900 respectively. The Singareni Collieries was selling the same quality of coal at Rs 4400 and Rs 3700 respectively. The CAG report found that Rs 325 crore more was spent on coal procurement last year. Keshav took strong objection to the remarks of the chief minister on CAG and said that he was undermining the importance of a constitutional body. Kiran Reddy said that he was not undermining the importance of the CAG. It prepares the report based on the information furnished by government officials. Sometimes, without consulting the government. The government later sends its clarifications and other necessary details to the CAG. He also pointed out when he was a member of the Committee on Public Undertaking Sectors , the CAG made an observation that the then TDP government incurred a loss of Rs 13,000 crore to state exchequer in taking up the Srisailam reversible tunnel project. When the issue came before the Committee, it dropped the CAG observation because the delay in the execution of the works caused escalation of cost and not by misuse or diversion of allocated funds. Stating that the CAG observations cannot be correct always, Reddy said the procedure followed in the accountancy was also entirely different. A final conclusion on CAG report whether it is correct or not will be known only after the government analyses the report.
15 Dec 2019 5:08 AM GMT