Special Correspondent

Says plans were found wanting; arms, vehicles were not deployed properly

  • PATNA: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has exposed the "seriousness" of the Centre and the State Government in combating naxalism, terrorism and crime in Bihar during 2001-06.

    The CAG report for the year ending March 31, 2006, tabled in the Bihar Assembly on Friday, pointed out that the Centre provided only Rs. 151.29 crore during the period against its share of Rs. 272.31 crore. As against the approved plan of Rs. 550.19 crore, the expenditure was Rs. 251.30 crore.

    The CAG also pulled up the State Home Department for submitting the plans belatedly because of which the Centre declined to approve Rs. 77.23 crore for 2003-04.

    The planning was wanting. The requirement of arms and high frequency wireless sets were not assessed. Out of the amount allocated (Rs. 38.96 crore), only Rs. 15.17 crore was spent on improving the communication system.

    The sets procured did not have the necessary accessories with the result that they remained unutilised. No less pathetic was that only 225 personnel were available to operate the communication system as against the requirement of 997. Similarly, the satellite-based integrated police communication network (POLNET) was not properly utilised; this was because the systems broke down as the necessary air conditioners were not provided.

    Out of the 36 V-SATs (very small aperture terminals), 11 collapsed and 14 were only partially functional.

    Generators not used

    The 145 generator sets, purchased at a cost of Rs. 72.56 lakh for use in police stations where power supply was erratic, remained non-functional for want of kerosene.

    The vehicles meant for use in naxalite-affected areas were provided to districts that did not have any such extremists.

    Similarly, of the 386 motorcycles meant for outposts and town outposts, 273 were found to be in use in the residences of the Superintendents of Polices and in the police lines.

    No less surprising was the fact that the newly purchased AK-47 and INSAS rifles were provided to bodyguards by the concerned SPs of the districts in violation of the a Ministry of Home Affairs directive that these were not to be used for personal security.