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Updated: August 22, 2012 11:36 IST

Fix responsibility, don't nitpick, says CAG official

Shalini Singh
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An official carries copies of CAG report during the monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi.
An official carries copies of CAG report during the monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi.

Real intent of auditor’s work is to end crony capitalism

On a day Parliament was forced to shut down over Opposition calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the wake of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s incriminating report on coal blocks allocation, the CAG itself held firm against increasingly ferocious attacks by the United Progressive Alliance.

Click here for PDF version of a graphic on coal blocks allocation.

An official close to the CAG and the preparation of the controversial report, released last week, says the real intent driving the government auditor’s work is to end the business of crony capitalism. “The loss figures in all the reports are intended to be red flags pointing towards governance failure. The government should focus on fixing responsibility and enforcing accountability, rather than quibbling about the quantum of loss,” he points out.

The CAG first attracted the government’s wrath in November 2010 after the release of its report on 2G spectrum that was allocated without auctions in 2008. The loss estimate on account of this decision was placed at a staggering Rs. 1.76 lakh crore. Its report on coal blocks allocation, which estimated a loss of Rs. 1.86-lakh crore caused by delaying auctions, is even more politically damaging since Dr. Singh held additional charge of the Coal Ministry between 2006 and 2009.

“The violent opposition to our loss figures is baffling considering that they have been drawn from the government’s own documents as well as financial information that is in the public domain. These numbers are not a figment of our imagination,” the official explained.

Opposition is an unnecessary obstacle since work on about 150 more audit reports is in progress and these will be released before May 2013, when CAG Vinod Rai retires. “Governance failure is an endemic problem in every sector, which will make it near impossible for us to produce favourable reports designed to present the government in a good light,” the CAG official said.

Responding to the government’s accusation that the CAG was interfering in policy matters by recommending auctions, the official emphasised that it had not recommended auctions at all. “It was the Coal Secretary who said that the system of allocation by a screening committee was opaque and led to lobbying and windfall gains to the allottee. It was he who recommended auctions in May 2004, which the Coal Minister accepted in October 2004. The CAG’s report only questioned why it took eight years for the government to operationalise its own decision.”

In the case of 2G, it was first the Prime Minister, followed by the Finance Secretary, who argued the case for auctions or market-based pricing — which was ignored by the then Telecom Minister, A. Raja.

In both cases, the auction option was feasible and came from within the government, and not the CAG.

The CAG, which has also been under government attack for meddling in policy matters, maintains that it has not breached its mandate as a constitutional authority empowered to audit government expenditure and receipts.

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Since CAG as constitutional body established for the same purpose to
audit regulate the expenditure why the govt. is blamming it? Also, if
there are parliamentary tools and ways to know and establish the
responsibilities such as constitutional body to study the facts and
place before the parliament,why the govt. is hesitating for it?
Secondly, what is the motive of the opposition without raising the
issue on the basis of media reports before placing it in the
parliament and holding the entire working of it? and the most
important that the media instead of playing a proper role and in
search of sansanati Khabar, knowingly and unknowingly is becoming
politicized thinking that we are the only taranhar of the democracy.
Basically it should be decided that, due to those responsible for the
deliberate stoppage of parliament will have to charged and punished
by suspending their monitory benefits for that particular session.

from:  M.D. Wadmare
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 20:11 IST

It is unfortunate that most comments are being made on figures appearing in the
media while the details of the report ar yet unknown unless it is discussed or
referred to the appropriate forums in the Parliament. A CAG official has mentioned
that the figures given are open to discussion and may be notional. It is strange that
the comments are made on media reports on a matter without having all the facts or
circumstances. Govt maybe needs to be bashed but it should be on facts and not

from:  S.N.Iyer
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 18:37 IST

thanks hindu for publishing unbiased coverage of coal block and its allotement news without any hesitate, i pity on mmsingh which type of economics he is,he prooved middlemen of family of industialist and imf and world bank, being pm of poor nation ,how he alloted valuable coal block without any auction to big family house of businessmen,it is shame when whole country is in depress,devaluationof currency,increase in govt expenditure, the precious source of income is given away just for pittence,shamefully,,it is appropriate time for mr singh to resign otherwise public will teach him befitting reply to his acumenship of slavery and corruptive nature, he is most declared stooges of italian mafia,their are 100 scams from fake currency circulation ,2 g and now coal ,he should be put in jail,he is worse pm ever been in indian history,

from:  Bhupinder
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 18:12 IST

@Mr. Mithun- It seems you are a supporter of the UPA. Instead of looking at the fact that there has been no economic growth in the country in the past few years, leading to increase in unemployment, price hikes in essential commodities etc., you are supporting the govt. and blaming the CAG. He has done a great job in unmasking the corrupts. Loss in revenue equals to downgrade of economy. CAG has done his job..

from:  Johnson Taye
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 17:58 IST

Not getting in to the technicalities of the case in question (coalgate
in this case), my thrust is on the system. Change it if does not suit us
rather than complaining. Each drop matters.

from:  Rajeev Khullar
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 11:05 IST

One of the objectives of auditing is to highlight the improvement points with support of data. The audits attempt to find out the differences between what it was and what it could have been considering all the constraints, and this is what CAG has been doing for quite some time. It is incorrect to say that the CAG or any other auditing body can't question policies. If a policy states that the tenders should be given to the friends or relatives of the people in power only and this policy point is followed, then there should be some authority which should be able to question this point.

from:  Tapish
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 11:02 IST

CAG,Anna and Ramdev have become nightmare for Government. These all scams are showing one thing is very clear that government is unable and quite worthless to put curbing measure for corruption.

from:  Rahul Gupta
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 11:00 IST

If any body deserves Bharat Ratna then it is our great CAG Vinod Rai. This country will ever remain grateful to him

from:  S. Vatsya
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 10:40 IST

What I personally feel is that such a big amount of money can not be embezzled overnight. So, blaming the PM as the sole person responsible for this loss to the exchequer, and 'aam aadmi', is not fair. The onus must be shared equally among all ministers directly or indirectly involved in this money laundering. Also, the opposition is no less of a saint as projected, it is just that they have been out of power from the Centre for quite long now and are desperately trying to oust the ruling alliance. They have also much onus to be shared amongst them. But the brunt of this all has to be borne by the lower and middle class of our blessed country.

from:  Dr.Nitish Goel
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 10:30 IST

Why have become experts in Autopsy, Only after the damage is done the
CAG or some other department wakes up claiming the Government has made
loss to the public exchequer.
This will only tarnish the image of India in International media and
wean away Foreign Investments.

from:  Irshad
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 10:10 IST

Many people have set the example of fighing corruption after relinquishing position & power. CAG is doing the same holding the same power. Probabaly this kind of Fight will yeild better results with governance than, distancing oneself and opposing governance as a whole.CAG is part of the governance process, yet doing its bit.

from:  Raghava Krishna
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 10:04 IST

After reading this article and comments of many people, I have
observed that some people are raising questions about CAG's mandate
and methods. It is really painful and outrageous. First of all, CAG is
not crossing it's mandate at all. And even if it is crossing it's
mandate and exposing corruption in the government, what harm is there
in it? Corruption flourishes because of many things like dishonesty,
incompetence and weak institutions etc. CAG is just bringing out the
figures on table which are based on accessible and transparent
calculations. It is not saying whether dishonest nature or
incompetence of supervisor/authority or weak institutions are
responsible for this staggering loss. It's neutral body and
functioning it's duty in responsible and honest manner and more importantly without any partisan approach. May CAG keep on doing it's
duty without any fear. Thank you CAG!!!

from:  Amit Kumar
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 10:03 IST

We have to see whether the coal allocation for cheaper price benefitted only the private companies and not the people. If the Govt has a mechanism to check that these power producing companies have not pocketted the windfall gains only by themselves, instead they distributed the gain to people by providing power at a cheaper rate then of course, there is nothing to blame. The burocrates are equally responsible - catch hold of them to know the truth.

from:  Sasi
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 08:14 IST

The state of affair is that Profits are being earned by selling coal in open market.THe Loss is calculated as: NET reserves of coal in the block in tonnes multiplied by present coal prices minus the value at which mine was given by Government" .

from:  P. Bhatt
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 08:14 IST

Why LPG and diesel subsidy is not being targeted by CAG? After all there is substantial loss to the oil companies.

from:  R.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 07:08 IST

the clarification given by govt.official,hits the nail on its head,wheresome argue that cag can
not qestion govt. policy!govt.policy at sectry level approved by p.m. was to auction!qestion
is why this deliberate attempt to delay of 8years to implement its own policy!!?

from:  G.K.Natarajan
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 06:32 IST

Governance at its worst form that is throwing evidence every now and then that it is incapable. Despite the ambiguity in handling responsibilities, they challenge the CAG, absolute lobbying, a shame to the unit as a whole. Never ever, though the pot holes are quite evident, its not a time to cover the cause by redemption, but only the evidence and the its makers.

from:  Adarsh
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 06:15 IST

I love the CAG!! Vinod Rai must be honored with Bharat Ratna, for he has indeed
rendered yeoman service to the nation. As for coalgate, we now need to dig and figure
how much was made by the entities involved.

from:  Suresh Kumar Bopparaju
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 05:57 IST

His designation may be prosaic, but Vinod Rai is the real Lokpal of India.

from:  James Gurung
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 05:49 IST

It is a matter of deep shame that our country's governance is as poor as highlighted by the CAG's report. It almost looks as if nobody is incharge. In any well- developed democracy, the governmnt would not last a day after such a condemning report. But nothing seems to happen in our country. Despite the best efforts of the civil society last year, there is still no Lokpal Act. Why? What is wrong with us?

from:  Virendra Gupta
Posted on: Aug 22, 2012 at 04:08 IST

A complete shame on the political class of India. Every corner of Indian polity is rotten by the nexus between the Neta-Babu-Business interests. Thanks to CAG for bringing out these wonderful performance audits and raising some hope in this dark environment. The shameless spokespeople of Indian political parties have the temerity to challenge the CAG for doing its job. It is time for them to introspect or do something different than the daylight robbery they are indulging in the name of government.

from:  vishwas
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 22:20 IST

Another fit case to Supreme Court.Where is collective wisdom to do good to the people?Now and then the political parties are blaming each other when they are involved in one scam or the other.In this particular scam both UPA and NDA are responsible proving they are misfit to govern for the public in our country.It seems as if they are entertaining the public.Thanks to CAG.Any political party in power will do the same and repeat unless the fundamentals are corrected.who has to do the job?Only these type of people elected to power,saviors of our democracy.Who will restore faith and confidence lost on parliament shattered by the parties in power The blame game of the political parties does not absolve their responsibilities.No wonder if they join together and burry the coal under the earth.The call of the civil society or any one will be unheard of.Rulers are going away from the principles of governance
Our prime duty is to save us from the hands of the evils.God helps through people only

from:  santhanam
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 19:36 IST

Add the total amount of loss in all scams and divide it with total number of people under poverty. India will become developed.I salute CAG courage. India . need to have a revolution. A revolution to throw away this corrupt peoples

from:  Alif
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 18:04 IST

what a shame on UPA again

from:  manohar pawar
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 17:06 IST

CAG, BABA RAMDEV, TEAM ANNA, CVC, etc which ever name you take all are having fault, make mistake, errors, blunders etc in preparing reports which show the true color or picture about the government in power or its predecessors. Neither the UPA nor NDA believe in development of actual india the only thing they know is how to cheat people, make treachery remarks on others, loot the money of common man or precisely india. In one most knowledgeable context the only culprit is the foolish, poor, educated, caste rooted people on INDIA who give repeated chance for these undeserving cheaters to gain power again an again. I am sorry to say those who are saying repeatedly to bring back black money that wont happen coz every single person seating loksabha, rajya sabha and state assemblies are corrupt, holds black money account either in india or abroad. OOH then according to congress WHO IS RIGHT? AND WHO THEY WANT TO CROSS CHECK IT FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT?

from:  mohit
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 15:59 IST

Why can't The Hindu use some infographics or web based tool to explain how CAG got this figure .
Atleast , the link to the full report must have given in the article

from:  ishan
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 15:55 IST

Whether it’s 2G scam or CWG scam or coal scam or Delhi Airport scam
revealed by CAG, one similar fact is clear that the loss to the public
exchequer was caused by the government in power to benefit the
corporate houses and their own men in lieu of money consideration. It
is evident that in India crony capitalism is being run. The political
parties spend unaccounted billion of black money to come into power
through ill-gotten money generated by scams. Approximately Rs. 400
billion loss was caused to the public exchequer in all these scams.
Eventually the capitalist and the politicians are beneficiaries and
99% people of India and the nation is looser. Price hike,
underdevelopment, poverty are the symptoms of the loot and the dacoity
of the national wealth by the politicians and the crony capitalists.

from:  Radha Krishna Kumar
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 15:51 IST

It is very much clear from the CAG report that RIL is among the prime beneficiaries of this whole scam.
Steps should be taken not only to findout the names of those responsible and to give them exmplary punishment but also to get back the money, which actually belongs to the Indian exchequer, from those who got undue benefits by wrong means.

from:  Anand Pateriya
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 11:55 IST

Indian Political system is now become a puppet having its bridle in the hands of so called industrialists and business tycoons. Rs 1.86 crore loss to exchcquer and 30,000 crore post bid concessions to RIl is clearly showing the mis governance and corruption in the government.
PM and ooal minister Prakash Jaiswal have to answer the questions raised on the functioning on the govt.

from:  Anand Pateriya
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 11:47 IST

Yet another case of corruption outreaching the 2g.what ever the
govrnment version is like the los is exagerated and it is zero[this
time it is Paswal not sibal coming out with this absurd view] the people
wil believe that this govrnment is most corrupted and unfit to rule.May
be the Pm MM singh is not personally involved but he is guilty of
abetment and failure to supervise and control his team from venal
actions.we should go for fresh mandate immediately

from:  M.K.B.Nambiar
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 10:33 IST

Yet another case of corruption outreaching the 2g.what ever the
govrnment version is like the los is exagerated and it is zero[this
time it is Paswal not sibal coming out with this absurd view] the people
wil believe that this govrnment is most corrupted and unfit to rule.May
be the Pm MM singh is not personally involved but he is guilty of
abetment and failure to supervise and control his team from venal
actions.we should go for fresh mandate immediately

from:  M.K.B.Nambiar
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 10:33 IST

Previously 2G spectrum case came to light and thought that the same was highest scam in India ever found. Now the Coal Scam, came with a hige amount and cross the limits of all scams in free India. The Prime Ministers office and the prime minister himself involved in this case. The scam was occurred during 2004-2009 and the Comptroller and Auditor General laid its report before the parliament now after a gap of 3 years period. The C& AG would have placed the scam report immediately after 2009-2010 and people think that about the scam.
Whatever it may be now a days, scams are becoming common and that to thousands of crores and lakhs of crores are involved in scams. We the Indians have to feel ashamed of these scams. If this is true, the Congress Government at Centre should resign from the power and seek mondate of the people of India.

from:  rkpraju
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 10:27 IST

First of all, I appreciate the CAG authority for their valuable work. The UPA-II government is becoming more worse day by day. If this is the way the government is working, then its very difficult to face the next elections. But, I don't know how the next government (other than UPA-II if) will compensate all these economic loses. Finally, all these economic losses lead to hike in the prices of commodities. So, the middle class people and the people who are living below the poverty line have to face a lot of difficulties to sustain their lives. This is one more good lesson for us, so , we should be careful in electing the next government.

from:  krishna
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 10:15 IST

CAG is not an auditor of private firm like SATYAM, but he is a permanent auditor appointed for people of India by Constitution to check the financial performance of the Government arranged for only 5 years by people of India. CAG can be compared to a hard working parent who wants the money he assigned for his son, here the Government is safe guarded. CAG has sone its job as custodian of the son. But it is upto the son to respect his parent.

from:  V Kumar
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 08:07 IST

Theft is innate to human being unless stopped by ethics or laws. Greed
will always (with exception) be victorious if there is opportunity.
Corruption can be stopped ONLY starting from the top.

from:  Maya Ghose
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 07:52 IST

Media needs to publish also the details of tender / conditions of
UMPP of the state govt. There is something not quite right. See what
has happened to 3G rates - it is very high. If 2G was auctioned the
rates would be high too? Even with low rates for supply of
electricity the State govt. is not paying properly. Why is the Loss
in LPG and Diesel not being projected by CAG?

from:  R.G.Krishnan
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 07:02 IST

My view is that it is a case of mili-bhagat between the Congress and the BJP. The states ruled by the BJP recommended the cases to the screening committee and their representatives were a part of the screening committee. As such the BJP has acted hands in glove with the Congress. Yet it is not too late to rectify the irregularities pointed out by the CAG. All most all the coal blocks are yet to become operational. Thus, the loss, if any, is yet to be incurred and this can be prevented even now, if the case by case re-screening is done expeditiously by an independent authority. De-allottment should be considered where the earlier decision was incorrect and these blocks be re-allotted by way of auction. This is simple. Why the Government is waiting for someone to file an PIL and the let the Supreme Court intervene in this matter?

from:  Pramod Patil
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 06:51 IST

IN 2006, The Government introduced the Bill for auction of coal
blocks. but the government did not pass the Bill till 2010. what
is the object? any one can follow. Natural Resources are the
life of the county. India is the World's fifth largest coal
reserves of the
world.this is a planned scam.the total reserves of coal blocks
is given at throw away prices to the private companies and
openly made heavy loss to the exchequer public funds like play
games followed by the coal Ministry. Why this kind of function
in allocation. imagine. after six decades of republic still 80% of
the population are suffering under poverty line . even they
suffer to get one time meal. imagine . many lakhs of crore scam
is followed but nothing to promote the people . thepeople of
democracy must think and take a clear decision. each move is
followed for personal wealth and looting of exchequer.

from:  Sundararaman
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 06:32 IST

CAG Report categorically states that RPL was allowed to use Surplus coal at the request of
the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. EOGM after discussing the matter recommended to
allow RPL to use the surplus coal for the proposed plant . Is it necessary to ensure that the
private company should not get any profit in production of Power by using coal supplied by
CIL . There is no allegation that the Hon' ble Prime Minister had any financial benefit by
acceding to the request of the Chief Minister of a BJP ruled State. Arun Jaitely may argue
that it is not necessary to accept the States request as the CIL is under Central Government.
If the centre had said no to the state what would have happened to the proposed power
plant. Do we want energy or profit from sale of Coal at Inernational Market price. When it is
Petrol diesel price allow Oil Companies to incur Loss . Which Private Company will incur loss
to produce Power . Ultimately the Power Tariff necessitating Subsidy from Govrnment.

from:  N. Thirunavukkarasu
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 05:32 IST

The CAG reports are nothing but a figment of imagination. The CAG reports on 2G and Coal Block is only taking about presumtive loss. It takes total coal that might have been extracted and if the auction has taken place at a particular price, what would be the loss to the government? The GAG has not considered the other question, that if the auctions have a reserve price, if there would have been any bidders. This is always the issue with the commodities mining. Commodities prices can go up or down. Now the commodities prices are at an all time high. That is why Australia has levied a special income tax on the coal companies. In australia nobody is talking about corruption. This sort of imaginations on the part of the CAG is inducing a policy paralysis and the bureaucrats are not taking any decision. This is bad for the country.

from:  S S Subramanian
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 04:47 IST

...Under UPA-2 ,such mega scams are coming to light .While common man
is taxed so much under many pretexts like ST , Servile Tax ,
Commercial Tax ,various cess etc,.those who allegedly swindle wealth
of the country are Scot free and enjoy this ill-earned wealth for generations.Recently I saw one clipping : MMS - MORE MORE SCAMS .But
there is a silver lining . It is this UPA-2 which is exposing all
these. There lies the Honesty of our PM ,whose personal integrity
can't be questioned even by his worst critics. But at the same time
his continuing in office in spite of severe indictments against his
Government is perplexing !

from:  Prof.R.Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 04:42 IST

I am tired, tired of hearing news about corruption. No! I am not
suggesting to TheHindu not to print these news, Please do print them. I
want to tell the politicians when will you stop ? How much money do you
need ?

from:  Vignesh
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 04:08 IST

CAG seems to be investigating 'corruption' in alll government decisions. The media is fully cooperating with CAG in this regard with one sided reporting. With the degree of corruption attributed to the UPA they should be living in luxury and controlling all states.
I have not heard the opposition coming out with honest analysis of problems facing India and their solution. No one in the media is asking that question but conducting Kangaroo courts through the media.This seems to be a reverse autocracy run by the opposition and media when both are not above board on any issue.

from:  guru
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 03:19 IST

Now people will realise why our PM and other partners of his government do not want a strong Lokpal. Salman Khurshid and Digvijaysingh will now say that CAG is conspiring with ANNA/Ramdev or opposition parties. Kapil Sibal and Digvijay Singh think that they are oversmart to defend the indefensible.People still remember Kapil's statement that nothing happened in 2G allotment and defended Raja and now every body knows the truth.

from:  MVJRao
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 03:12 IST

THe huge and unbearable loss to the exent of 1.86 lakhs crores for the Govt in the export of coal blocks after 2g spectrum, looks like that the operation must have taken place with perfect planning amongst the Bureicrats, Politicians and some unknow Govt Officials and possible of Ministers and congress members are not ruled out.
Pranab Mukerjee also may be inknowledge of things,when he was the Finance Minister and Present Finance Minister as a True Gandian citizen, mujst place the entire fact onthe table inLok saba and rajya saba without further delay,as this erode,infact wipe out entire economyof the country.and the Media must also expose those responsible for this yet ANOTHER BIGGEST SCAME without fear. IF any of VVIP in the ruling govt is involved,complete details may not come to light till the next election.Yet this is congress promoted by Gandhi Nehru and their descendants era.Do anybody think that this has not gone to the knowlede of supreme court or President Pranab.

from:  vaidya
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 03:11 IST

I tried to access the full Audit reports. I could get only one from a different route. For
a short while, the CAG website looked as though it was disabled. Was that so?
These three reports, read with the ones on 2G & CWG, openly accuse the Union
Government headed by Mr .Manmohan Singh, with irrefutable evidence, of wanton
ineptitude, deliberate departure from ethical conduct and brazen servitude to
moneybags. In many States, unruly mobs rule. We did well in cremating the
Mahatma. If buried, he would have turned thousand times in his grave.

from:  Soundararajan Srinivasa
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 02:54 IST

Indian UPA politicians and leaders have become a laughing stock of the world through their corrupt practices. As most of Indians are in poverty and illiterate, India has been deteriorating economically and welfare of the people since independence from the British. Shame on the Indians who vote for these corrupt leaders!

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 02:48 IST

It's a matter of shame for our PM to be involved in the biggest
corruption in country. We had a hope from PM that he will, at some
point of time, will help eradicating corruption and stop scams of
corrupt ministers. But now, when he himself is also seen to be involved
in scams, what we can expect from him?
It's the time when people need to understand that the future of India
we have given in wrong hands! and it is proved now! It's time to
Change our mentality, change of attitude towards country, change our
leaders, change our destiny!
It's also a matter of concern that 15 ministers in the parliament are
having serious charges of corruption on them. Dr.M.M.singh, the only
hope is also now ruined his image.
Without any effective government, who will think something about a
layman in the country rather than filling his accounts with black
money, nothing is going to save our nation.
Hope the change comes soon...Jai hind!

from:  vivek patil
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 02:27 IST

Scams and more scams. When will this end?
Apart from the huge monetary loss to the Govt., these scams tarnish the reputation of the country even further.

from:  krishna
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 02:16 IST

I am just flabbergasted! There is no end to the vandalizing of all the natural resources of this great country! Whether our economy is improved or not the corruption level of our Politicians, Corporates and Bureaucrats have zoomed past beyond our imagination!
Mr PM Wake up and do something good for this country!

from:  Gnana
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 23:03 IST

This is the another example of system failure which is used for
nominating coal blocks. I believed that government should ensure that
nation's natural resources must be best utilized & get correct price, so
we can move towards become a developed nation. Government must ensure
that policy making should not delayed & their implication must be in

from:  Varun singh
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 22:53 IST

Congress Govt. is looting the country. Something needs to be done to kick in some nationalism into our anti national Politicians.

from:  VISHNU
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 22:34 IST

The CAG is doing a good job. The same cannot be said about the UPA Govt. Apart the substantial monetary loss to the country pointed by the CAG in it's report, the country's image in the world takes another hit. What the world sees is a country best with problems: rampant corruption and poor governance with little political will to take tough decisions to put the country back on track. India has lot of potential but it is let down badly by its politicians.

from:  krishna
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 22:09 IST

Well done CAG, once again you unearthed something. Its shame on the
government. I just pray that CAG is always vigilant like this. Please
continue to do your good Job.

from:  Sathish
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 21:29 IST

Mr.Karan Thapar - where are you hiding now? Last I saw you were trying
to grill Ms. Bedi, accusing her that the report was leaked and her
numbers were exceedingly misleading. For once, please try being loyal to
your country and not to your HANDLERS

from:  Magesh Kumar
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 19:30 IST

I am surprised as scientist (world) are able to discover nature misty but not capable to make solution for social problems.
There are few basic laws to utilize natural resources
1. The prices decided by us (human) not by nature so before utilizing any natural resource we have to consider the natural equilibrium / elasticity.
2.Few natural resources such as mines are fixed so we have to make rule to utilize in proper manner so that something also left for next generation.
3.Business is for supporting system, so bidding is not important if government is able to ensure that cheap price benefit would be provided to the citizen by mining companies.
Government can recover / compensate the losses by imposing taxes to mining company etc.
The important thing is good intention from government side. If private company will get in higher cost the subsequent cost would be apply to citizen.Based upon these few points(or we can thing more points) , there is need to make some proper formula

from:  Aryan Siddharth Singh Gautam
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 18:35 IST

Another plundering of Nation's vital assets by the corporate elite with
the agency of inefficient politicians.Allocation of vital resources
without bidding has caused exponential loss to public exchequer and de-
esclated economic growth and further deepened the poor rich divide.This
report demonstrates how the policy of trickle down failed to reach the
poorer sections of society and is confined to only buisness elite.An
immediate revocation of tenders and bidding should be ordered to avoid
further loss.

from:  vinay
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 18:24 IST

Isn’t this an ample of example for poor administration? Any process (sale, procurement, allocation ect.) in government is done by tender system. Is that a rocket science to implement the tender system in coal block? Isn’t shame to even pronounce that India took 8-9 years to implement a bidding system after Its decision to allocate coal blocks by competitive bidding? Poor politicians…Ooo….. no poor people who have no other go because of entanglement by poor, inefficient and corrupt system. By the way how many Cr went in whose pocket?

from:  Thiyagarajan
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 17:01 IST

Thanks to CAG for its bold stand over 2G and Coalgate.

from:  Raja Pamarthi
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 16:54 IST

Yet another case of corruption is exposed by the CAG .Doing nothing about ominipresent corruption in India is the epitaph of the government in power.Since two years the CWG,2G,Adarsh Society and many others corrupt instances are languishing and the culprits are roaming free.Is it not the lack of political will to root out corruption coupled with crony capitalism that rules supreme?The Indians know who are driving force behind corruption.The Reliance,in coal case, is unlawful benefited with Rs.29,033 crore.In all the scams since the Bofors scam ,a laid back tactics has nurtured culture of corruption.Reluctance in political clans of all shades,with no exception,to gag corrupt and sluggish judicial process to prosecute,award exemplary punishment to guilty being not in place cannot end corruption in India.Consequently,for millions hunger shall continue a routine,malnutrition rife, healthcare and education unaffordable and livelihood under threat,billionaires number increasing.

from:  Prof A N Malviya
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 16:53 IST

a nice gift of independence day from central govt

from:  revtiramanpandey
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 16:51 IST

Govt is not agree with the CAG report that is made by senior and most
knowledged senior IAS officer And govt will never accept the loss
Because loss is occurred of the common man These rich lobbiest and
politcian have just make profit of it They are looting indian
resources openlly and people could just mourn for it. Common people
have no option to change the system with out a revolution Because if
we vote BJP then they will enjoy there turn for loot.
Commonwealth , 2g and coal .. They will never be satisfied till the end of there life

from:  arya kumar
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 16:45 IST

One by one what is happening ? Are all Government departments currupt ?
The government should have to take strong decision against it . It is the matter of shame that when PM is well known economist then such type of cases are comming again and again...

from:  Prakash Kumar
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 16:44 IST

This whole assessment of notional loss to exchequer, after years of actual business is totally useless and doesnt trigger any useful action. Why does CAG not audit big business transactions periodically say 3 months or so and submit reports periodically, so that there will be some room for the governement to take corrective action. Just dont give stupid figures after so many years and blame private companies for the fault of government

from:  Swamy
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 16:42 IST

I am fed up of hearing about the Scams. The more I hear these, the more I get frustated that my hard earned money and the Tax that I pay is going into some Bureaucrat's Pocket.
What we lack is a sense of "SHAME".
Inspite of hearing such scams, we are not using enough MUSCLE Power to stop such atrocities and allowing the Govt. to pacify the situation.

from:  Prashant Patil
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 16:42 IST

How many zeroes after 1.86 to make it 1.86 lakh crores?

from:  Essen
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 16:35 IST

Kudos to CAG, at least someone has the courage to fight against the curropts. But lets see what happens in this case in the 2G it was possible to cancel the licences, but now what can be the possible outcome. Will the Indian Judiciary impose fines and sanctions to compensate for the money lost?

from:  Raghav
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 16:20 IST

How can the CAG question policy decisions by the government? There is
no reason to assume that all national resources must be given away by
competitive bidding to bring in revenue for the government. Gaining
revenue is not the government's only priority: industrial development,
economic growth and public welfare are major priorities too.
Fresh water is a very important natural resource, will the CAG come
out with a report tomorrow saying that the government lost out of Rs.
X Billion because it did not hold a bidding process to sell fresh
water to private players?
There are several plausible reasons for the government to distribute natural resources via a process other than competitive bidding. One important reason could be just to incentivize private players to invest in a particular sector which otherwise would not be too attractive.
It is not the CAG's mandate to question the government's policy decisions: the CAG is not qualified enough to do so.

from:  Mithun
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 16:14 IST

Where are the corrupt money slashed. In elections or in Swiss Banks?

from:  SRINATH
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 16:13 IST

apparently, there's not much to read in this report..yeah it does talk
of "a part of this amount" could have been used in exchequer. The point
here is to drive an economy toward growth such trade-offs are certainly
needed. such aberrations should be viewed as growth-boosters.

from:  Rammohan
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 16:01 IST

This has again proved that the so called economic wizard who is the PM
of the country also has some black stains of corruption in his hand.
Either he is responsible or his so called Advisor Ahuluvaliahs are equally corrupt in planning the economic activities of the country.

from:  Murali
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 15:50 IST
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