'Neglect of CAG alert led to flood mishap'

Published: 27th June 2013 09:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th June 2013 09:10 AM   |  A+A-

Vinod Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India said here on Wednesday the state and the union governments could have lowered the impact of the flash flood in Uttarakhand if they had implemented in a time-bound manner, the recommendations by the CAG.

 The CAG had submitted three reports reflecting on the development of Uttarakhand since 2009, even cautioning on the absence of a proper disaster management plan for the hilly state.

“I will not say the CAG reports on the development of Uttarakhand and its security were completely ignored by the concerned bodies, as some agencies had taken steps to implement some of the recommendations though there was a delay in taking action,” he said. Vinod Rai was speaking to reporters in Thrissur at a Meet-the-Press programme organised by the Thrissur Press Club.

“We have suggested that a balance between ecology and development should be maintained while undertaking development works at the hilly state, hinting that hydroelectric projects are best for the development of the state.

Replying to the Congress proposal to make the CAG a multi-member body, he said revamping it in tune with the Election Commission will not dilute powers, but strengthen the body further.

Welcoming the proposal, he said that it is for the Parliament to take an appropriate decision on the structuring of the CAG. He also brushed aside rumours that he was getting ready to join politics after quitting the office of the CAG.

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