Report No.19 of 2019 - Compliance Audit on Union Government (Railways) year ended March 2018


 2019 This Audit Report consists of audit findings relating to compliance issues in respect of the Ministry of Railways and its various field units for the year ending March 2018.

Important audit issues covered in this Report:

Chapter 1 covered introduction of audited entities and recoveries at the instance of audit of earlier period.

Chapter 2-This chapter includes two pan india reviews on topics viz “Private Freight Terminals” and “Automatic Ticket Vending Machines”.  The report on “Private Freight Terminals” commented on the Railways inability to achieve substantial improvement in freight earnings, very meagre share of traffic through these Private Freight Terminals, target of setting up of 100 Private Freight Terminals and generation of 100 million Tonnes of traffic as envisaged under “Mission Hundred”, financial viability of setting up of Private Freight Terminals etc.  The review on the “ Automatic Ticket Vending Machines commented on the feasibility of undertaking studies for identification of stations as well as location for installation of ATVMs/Co-ATVMs, downtime of the ATVMs, awareness and drive of the Ministry of Railways for familiarising/popularising the use of ATVMs etc.  In addition, the chapter also includes ten individual paragraphs. These paragraphs highlight issues such as implementation of Train Management System in Mumbai (Central Railway); non-recovery of penal interest from Nationalised Banks; non-recovery/short recovery of various dues/charges including, service tax, empty haulage charges, demurrage charges and siding charges.

Chapter 3- This Chapter includes 19 individual paragraphs. These paragraphs highlight issues that relate to construction and utilization of limited height subway, short recovery of cess from contractors, discrepancies in execution of contracts, delay in execution of works and non-recovery/short recovery of land license fee.

Chapter 4- This chapter includes one all-India long paragraph on Status of Commissioning and Utilization of Major Machineries and Plants procured by Central Organization for Modernization of Workshops (COFMOW) in Indian Railways. The report highlights significant delays in receipt of the machines by the users/consignee, non-availability of site and infrastructure for the installation of the machines leading to non-installation/commissioning of the machines, defects in the machines after commissioning, lack of diligence on the part of Railways to enforce penal clause for the defects, failure of Railways to reject the machine within the time frame , non-utilization of machines due to non-availability of adequate work load etc.  In addition, there are three individual paragraphs related to Working of Rail Wheel Plant (RWP), Bela and non-commissioning and underutilization of machines.

Chapter 5- This chapter includes a review on ‘Implementation of Train Protection Warning System (TPWS) in Indian Railways’. In this paragraph, Audit reviewed planning, implementation assessment of results of trials of TPWS. The present performance of the trains nominated for working with TPWS was also studied.

Chapter 6- This chapter includes one review on ‘Installation and commissioning of Solar Power Plants in Indian Railways’. The report covers target and commissioning of solar plants in the Zonal Railways and Production Units on a realistic basis.  The chapter also includes five individual paragraphs. These relate to non-mixing of bio-diesel into HSD oil, procurement of readymade Traction Motors at higher rate by CLW, delay in completion of work of Traction Sub Station etc.

Chapter 7- This Chapter includes a long paragraph on ‘Management of Kumbh Mela, 2019 by the Railways’, wherein the deficiencies in running of trains, delays in completion of works undertaken for preparation of Kumbh Mela and issues of sanitation, security and safety of passengers have been highlighted. The Chapter also include two individual paragraphs highlighting issues related to procurement of stores at higher rates and non-redeployment of surplus staff.

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