CAG report on leasing land to DIAL grossly misleading:Ministry

NEW DELHI, July 2:
Civil Aviation Ministry has hit back at Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for reportedly holding that government would suffer a loss of Rs 1.63 lakh crore by leasing out land to Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) at concessional rate, saying it was “grossly misleading”.The Ministry has also said that the CAG, during a single round of discussion with its officials, had not referred to several issues including those relating to land, aeronautical and non-aeronautical services or bid conditions.
However, these issues had found their way in the draft CAG report even when many of them were either not discussed or the Ministry was not given an opportunity to clarify, Civil Aviation Secretary Nasim Zaidi is understood to have said in a communication to CAG Vinod Rai.The Ministry has said that in the absence of an opportunity to it for clarification, several issues brought in the final report might not be factually correct, according to official sources here.
The letter by Zaidi to Rai recently has maintained that reports about the CAG findings had spoken of several issues which had either not been discussed or were not raised during the audit.
The “purported astronomical figure” of Rs 163,560.19 crore is “grossly misleading,” the letter is believed to have said.
The CAG report, which is yet to tabled in Parliament, had maintained that the government may end up losing a whopping Rs 1.63 lakh crore by leasing out the land to DIAL at a concessional rate of a mere Rs 100 per annum.
The Ministry is also understood to have asked the CAG to issue a clarification regarding the correctness or otherwise of the findings. It has also sought an opportunity to clarify various issues raised by the auditor. (PTI)


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