Where did it go? KSRTC clueless on diesel worth Rs 14.46 crore
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) got into another controversy after 182 tanker-loads of diesel purchased from the Indian Oil Corporation went missing.
The KSRTC reportedly has no idea as to which depot it supplied such a huge quantity of fuel. The finance inspection wing reported that diesel worth Rs 14.46 crore was missing from KSRTC’s records.
The Indian Fuel Corporation has supplied diesel in tanker lorries to KSRTC. But there is no record to prove which depot received the fuel.
Meanwhile, KSRTC explained that diesel was supplied without failure but the depots did not record it properly.
The audit report found serious irregularities in the fuel supply. KSRTC has been negligent in keeping records of purchase and supply of diesel, observes the report.
A tanker lorry will supply 12,000-litres of diesel to KSRTC. Sometimes, a single tanker load will be distributed among three depots. As per rules, when a depot receives the supply, the official in charge must record the quantity of fuel received and point out whether the load was handed over to another depot. At the same time, each depot should keep record of the fuel supplied to buses from other depots. But usually, the depots skip these rules.
As diesel price is low in Ernakulam, long-distance buses from other depots fill fuel from Ernakulam KSRTC depot. Hence, the officials must enter the quantity of fuel supplied to buses from other depots in their records. It is learned that the officials were not keen on keeping such records.
The finance inspection wing has uncovered the failures of KSRTC’s accounts department.
Controller of Purchase in the Finance department is in charge of diesel purchase. The department is bound to keep the records of the diesel supplied to depots. In turn, depot officials must hand over these details to the department.
The negligence of officials in maintaining proper records also points to the outdated accounting system being followed by KSRTC.