LG allows CAG audit of discoms' accounts

A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) audit of the accounts of private power distribution companies (discoms) is set to begin on Thursday morning as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the government had got the Lieutenant Governor’s nod for the move.

The CM will have to write to CAG Shashi Kant Sharma seeking audit of discoms’ accounts. “This government has done a most-demanded and much-awaited work which was essential for every Delhiite’s pocket in four days, which the last government was unable to do in four years. The former government was manipulating the facts of the case in the High Court to prevent the audit,” he said.

Asked about the response of the discoms or any objection from their behalf, Kejriwal said, “The discoms have said a lot of things regarding CAG audit. They have explained a lot of technicalities but we failed to find a single reason for not conducting a CAG audit of their accounts.”

The accounts of three discoms — Reliance-owned BSES Yamuna and BSES Rajdhani Ltd, and Tata’s TPDDL will be scrutinised from the day the government privatised the power sector in Delhi.

Kejriwal, however, said there is uncertainty about a time-bound audit as the discoms’ response is suspect. “When I met the CAG on Tuesday, I requested him to complete the audit within three months so that we can get a clear picture and plan to curtail the power rates further.

But the CAG said he cannot give an assurance as he has to see the response of the companies and scope of work accordingly,” he said.

Kejriwal also said his government is exploring the possibility of random testing of the meters of these discoms. The government is in talks with the IIT Delhi and Delhi College of Engineering to check the meters installed at consumers’ residence.

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