SHILLONG: At least 62 projects in the state of Meghalaya are piled up without achieving completion.
Reports by the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) of India asserted that 62 projects have surpassed their scheduled date of completion. Some of these reports have walked over their dates by a year and some even by about 10 years.
The statistics came in when the CAG report was tabled in the Meghalaya assembly recently. This has caused a major loss of time and money. Consequently, the beneficiaries have also been denied the benefits that they were meant to receive.
Additionally, the CAG report also reported that at least nine projects worth over Rs 233 crore, were running behind along a delay period of over 10 years.
The total expenditure of these incomplete projects, as mentioned by the CAG report, amounted to about Rs 165.39 crore.
Along with it, 32 pending projects exist in Meghalaya, whose total worth amounts to about Rs 1638.
The assembly also saw the revelation by CAG that the Meghalaya government has suffered a loss of about Rs 1166.89 crore of revenue owing to under-assessments and other factors.
The audit report for the revenue sector till March 31, 2020 stated that test check of the records on sale, state excise, motor vehicles, trade etc, forest receipts and other non-tax receipts, which were conducted in the year 2019-20 displayed under-assessment/shorty/non-levy/loss in about 498 cases. This amounted to about Rs 1,166.89 crore revenue loss, which is equivalent to about 48:19 per cent of the State's own tax venue for 2019-20.
The report also asserted that departments such as taxation, mining and geology, forest and environment, excise, and transport have accepted under assessment/short/non-levy/loss of revenue of about Rs 376.97 crore in about 293 cases which was pointed out by the CAG in 2019-20.