The report for the year ending 2014, placed in the assembly on Monday, said scrutiny of records relating to payments made to Ziqitza Health care Limited (ZHL) revealed that the agency was paid additional operational costs for each km at the rate of Rs 49 for the period of 2010-2011 and at the rate of Rs 53 for 2011-2013.

Payment of additional operational cost for beyond 2,000 km at Rs 49 and Rs 53 resulted in avoidable payment of Rs 5.35 crore, which calls for fixing of responsibility for failure to apply right method of calculation leading to undue favour to the agency, the report stated.

The audit further observed that incorporating the clause permitting yearly increase in the rate, which was not justified, resulted in 'undue' benefit to ZHL and corresponding loss to the state exchequer of Rs 78.03 lakh.

Government also failed to recover at least Rs 16.38 lakh as penalty from current operator GVK-EMRI resulting in undue benefit to the agency, for keeping more number of ambulances
off the road as against the permissible numbers.

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