Editorial with Sujit Nair: CAG flags irregularities!

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In this editorial episode, Mr. Sujit Nair discusses the recent reports presented by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) that highlight various instances of irregularities within the central government. The CAG’s findings reveal discrepancies in the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, including the use of dummy numbers and Aadhaar-related issues. Notably, the CAG uncovered that in Madhya Pradesh, a sum of ₹1.1 crore was disbursed to 403 ‘deceased’ patients under the scheme. Similar irregularities were found under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), with a total of Rs 6.9 crore paid for the treatment of patients who were already deceased. Furthermore, the CAG’s scrutiny exposed irregularities in the construction of the Dwarka Expressway, with costs exceeding the estimated amount by 14 times. The Centre’s Bharatmala Pariyojana also drew concern from the CAG, as it highlighted the selection of ineligible bidders for the highways project. The CAG’s report also pointed out undue benefits provided to contractors in the Ayodhya development project. The CAG report raised red flags regarding the violation of toll rules, with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) reportedly collecting Rs 154 crore from commuters in violation of the established regulations. The report further criticized the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for significant design flaws in an engine, leading to a loss of ₹159 crore. Lastly, the CAG report unveiled that the central government diverted Rs 2.83 crore originally allocated for pension schemes to promote other initiatives.

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