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CAG Raps Goa PDS

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has severely rapped the public distribution system of Goa for various irregularities including delay in distribution of food grains.
In a telling comment on the functioning of the Civil Supplies Department, the CAG report observed that due to procedural lapses committed by its officials, ration card holders received food grains late. The report also pointed out to irregularities in distribution of kerosene and also non-testing of quality of the food grains supplied through the PDS.

The CAG report also unearthed a scam by pointing out that the department did not enter into any agreement with the Goa Co-operative Marketing and Supply Federation which was designated to supply rice to people above the poverty line as a result of which, could not take any action against the society for its failure to provide rice grains to over one lakh card holders.
Another scam was revealed with regards to supply of sugar between the years 2005 and 2010 whereby card holders from Salcete and Sanguem talukas were deprived of sugar under the PDS scheme and the government could not take any action against those responsible due to the fact that no agreement was signed with the agency entrusted the responsibility.
As for the irregularities in kerosene distribution, CAG report notes that in Ponda taluka five retailers were provided with 16,480 litres of kerosene even though the monthly requirement as per the number of card holders in the taluka was 14,128 litres.
In another shocking disclosure, the CAG reports observes that Rs. 27 lakhs collected by the Talathis in 2008 has not been remitted to the government account as yet.

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