BMC contracts totalling Rs 12,000 crore in the pandemic are the subject of a CAG investigation

by Web Desk | Published: 22 Nov 2022

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The audit/probe into the Rs 12,000 crore contracts awarded by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) during the coronavirus pandemic has been launched by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), days after the Chief Minister Mr. Eknath Shinde's announcement. Approximately 10 CAG officers reportedly visited the BMC offices on Tuesday and wanted documentation related to various departmental operations. In response to the BJP's demand, the Shinde-Fadnavis administration launched a CAG investigation into the Rs 12,000 crore in pandemic-related contracts that were allegedly given corruptly and fraudulently. In the lead-up to the BMC elections, this was an effort to bring Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray of the Shiv Sena to his knees.
 
At least ten BMC departments' transactions are anticipated to be investigated, and the CAG will carry out an audit on those transactions. The CAG team met with Municipal Commissioner Mr. Iqbal Singh Chahal, who is the administrator since the general body's term expired early this year, according to a top BMC officer. The CAG team then went to the accounts department to get more information on a number of transactions.
 
The CAG team took some of those documents in order to conduct an investigation and audit. The transactions between November 28, 2020, and February 28, 2022, will be investigated by the CAG, according to the CM's declaration from October 31. The BJP kept claiming that there had been fraud in the dealings. In the monsoon, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, the Deputy Chief Minister, announced the CAG investigation into the transactions that happened during the pandemic. Mr. Shinde argued that the government's decision to request a CAG investigation was not motivated by political retaliation. He had promised that it would be handled fairly and openly.