INR 3,400,000,000 Water Supply Scam Under Gujarat BJP Govt: Ex-CM Suresh Mehta Cites Audit Report
“This multi-crore scam happened in just one year,” Mehta reportedly said.
The Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board (GWSSB), a Government of Gujarat undertaking has reportedly not listed expenses worth Rs 340 crore as per the accounting standards prescribed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
As per a report published in The Indian Express, former Gujarat chief minister Suresh Mehta has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state of a multi-crore scam in the state water supply and sewage board. Citing the annual accounts and auditor’s report (2017-18) of the water board, Mehta questioned the government over the unaccounted expenses and the quantum of water bills mentioned in the report presented in Gujarat Legislative Assembly in February 2019.
In a press conference, Mehta reportedly sought answers from the state government body saying, “What happened to the water bills worth Rs 340 crore? Did the water supplied to GWSSB evaporate?” Gujarat Water Infrastructure Limited has raised bills of water charges amounting to Rs 502 crore for supply of water to GWSSB up to the financial year 2017-18. Of these bills, GWSSB has allegedly acknowledged bills worth Rs 163 crore, which it will pay.
“This multi-crore scam happened in just one year,” Mehta, a member of Lok-shahi Bachao Abhiyan (Campaign to Save Democracy), alleged. He stressed that the independent auditor’s report had stated that the “board has not complied with the accounting standards prescribed by ICAI” pertaining to valuation of inventories, depreciation, disclosures related to fixed assets and tests of impairment of assets among others, the report added.