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CAG raps Haryana govt for not installing outdoor surveillance system

National auditor CAG has rapped Haryana government for “non-implementation” of an outdoor surveillance system, approved by the Centre for maintenance of law and order and crime control in the state.

Besides, it found, Rs 5 crore meant for procuring mobile jammers and CCTV cameras for four highly-sensitive jails in the state was lying unutilised for more than six years.

In its latest report on non-public sector undertakings for 2014-15, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India said, “Non-implementation of outdoor surveillance system, a crucial and vital project for maintenance of law and order and crime control, resulted in blockade of funds amounting to Rs 8.24 crore for more than four years.” 

The Centre approved the outdoor surveillance system under a scheme for modernisation of State Police Forces in 2008-09 for Panchkula district of Haryana. The project was later extended to three other districts -- Rohtak, Karnal and Panipat -- during financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11.

A sum of Rs 8.26 crore was sanctioned for this project through Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (HARTRON) and money was deposited with it on the basis of a request for proposal.

A purchase order was placed with M/s VMC System Ltd. Secunderabad for Rs 7.75 crore by HARTRON in February 2011.

As per agreement, the company was required to complete the installation, commissioning and integration of the system at all the sites within three months from the date of award of contract in February 2011, said the report.
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