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CSD CANTEENS ARE MOST ABUSED by CDA

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Dear Editor: what almost all of us know that armed forces personnel are entitled to CSD facilities .  Armed forces personnel by definition are those men/women in uniforms in three services namely the Army , Air Force & Navy.
Eligibility criterion though not in black and white had since been diluted . Civilian  central govt employees paid out of Defence Estimates have been allowed to draw CSD stores less liquors from the unit run canteens .
Arm twisting the top brass in the armed forces CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCTS whose employees are paid out of CIVIL ESTIMATES are running 38 URCs ( UNIT RUN CANTEENS ) in the govt accommodations for their employees .
Neither the central govt civilian employees ( the CDA STAFF ) are eligible for CSD facilities NOR controllers of defence accounts authorised to run 38 URCs ( unit run canteens ) . Total sale from those 38 Canteens are huge . Profits from sale of CSD goods to unauthorised personnel is also very very large .
Secondly CDA STAFF/EST is meant for audit of defence grants and its proper utilisation. By extending the facility to this watch dog has been done surely with a vested interest. Canteen Stores Department ADELPHI Navy Mumbai a solely central govt owned organisation responsible for provision of CSD stores to all the appx 5000 URCs in the three Arms OF THE Defence. As a matter of rule URCs unless registered with CANTEEN STORES DEPTT Adelphi , Navy Mumbai can not receive any CSD goods in its URCs . It is therefore obvious that 38 unauthorised CDA Establishment run URCs have been duly registered though not even eligible for CSD goods.
And it obvious such compromise is being exploited by the top brass of three services . Mega scam and scandals in the Defence had therefore been very routine . A huge profits accrued from the sale of CSD goods are then clandestinely distributed amongst the CDA staff proportione to the salary drawn ( Thereby giving maximum benefits to the TOP CDA officials .
But Who cares !!!!
CSD CANTEENS ARE MOST ABUSED by CDA by haridas mandal
Posted in Publishaletter.com By :(Not Verified) haridas mandal
Letter to the Editor Sent to : OUTLOOK
Country: India
Date: 29-APR-2010

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Indian Army-ICICI Bank : Green Governance Programme

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The Indian Army has joined hands with ‘The Green Governance Programme’ of ICICI Bank to implement projects like rainwater harvesting, ground water rejuvenation, construction of check dams and water treatment/de-siltation of water bodies, New & Renewable Energy Initiatives etc. The Indian Army Environment and Ecology Cell functioning under the Quarter Master General’s Branch at the Army Headquarters in New Delhi, is the nodal implementing agency for the various projects under this programme. The project is expected to enhance the biodiversity conservation potential of the Indian Army’s various establishments, such as cantonments, depots, maneuver areas and military farms. The project also involves spreading awareness on ecology and biodiversity related concepts among school children.

To increase awareness of the project, General VK Singh, Chief of The Army Staff released two Coffee Table Books named ‘A Saga in Stone’ and ‘Friends of the Earth’ on 22 September 2011. The two books present a facet of the Indian Army largely unknown to most and emphasize the commitment of Indian Army towards preservation of our heritage and culture and its resolve to arrest and conserve environmental degradation.

S Om Singh/Dhup Singh/Ganesh
(Release ID :76160)

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NCC Seeks Infrastructure for Shaping Youth

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The Minister of State for Defence Dr. MM Pallam Raju inaugurated the Conference of the Joint State Representatives and Deputy Directors General (JSR&D) of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) here today. JSR&D is a biennial event attended by the senior representatives from all States of the country and the NCC heads from the defence services of the respective State. As the control and conduct of NCC activities is a joint responsibility of the Central and State Governments in terms of policies, finances, administrative and other aspects, this conference provides a platform to plan, implement and coordinate the NCC activities in the entire Nation.

Inaugurating the conference, Dr Pallam Raju said, "NCC is responsible for moulding our youth into becoming responsible, disciplined and motivated citizens and for providing leadership in all walks of life. The curriculum followed by the cadets in their two years of association with NCC is extremely challenging and it is our responsibility to provide the required support. The benefit that we get is directly proportional to the effort that we put in. Disciplined youth with patriotic and secular values is the sine quo non to ensure stability and growth of the nation.”

The conference had very meaningful and fruitful deliberations on various issues concerning NCC, such as the need to provide suitable camping sites and other training facilities, raising of financial grants for training and administration of cadets commensurate with the contemporary price index, changes in the curriculum to meet and accommodate the present aspirations of the youth. The Director General, NCC Lt Gen PS Bhalla gave a detailed presentation on the progress and achievements of the NCC over the years. He apprised all States of the need to establish NCC Nagars that are well equipped with camping and training infrastructure, in various parts of the States. He also strongly presented a case for providing tangible and substantial incentives to NCC cadets so that the disciplined youth of unquestionable integrity and possessing core human values are well compensated for their dedication of time and energy to train with the NCC.

PK
(Release ID :76165)

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Welfare of Veterans : CSD Canteen Preofits

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Audit finds lapses in defence canteen operations
New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS)

India's audit watchdog has found lapses in financial and business operations and the pricing and quality of goods of the Canteen Stores Department (CSD) that sells household products at cheaper than market rates to armed forces personnel and their families.

The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, tabled in the Lok Sabha Friday, says the 3,600 unit-run canteens (URCs), or retail outlets, of the CSD across the country have been kept out of the "purview of parliamentary financial oversight as they are considered to be regimental institutions".

This despite the fact that these URCs get soft loans and quantitative discounts through the CSD from the Consolidated Fund of India, it says.

"Neither the budget documents nor the proforma accounts of CSD reflect the operations of the (URCs) that are also not subject to the accountability regime for operations funded by the Consolidated Fund of India," the report says.The CAG said it was denied access to the URC records by the Army Headquarters in Delhi "in spite of repeated requests".

The matter was taken up at the level of the defence minister too but to no avail.
In the interest of transparency, the operational results of the units should be disclosed in the proforma accounts of CSD after ensuring that the units follow uniform accounting principles, the CAG has recommended.

This would enable the financial statements of CSD to provide a "true and fair view of the complete operations of the organisation".

Praising the CSD for its 55 percent increase in gross turnover (Rs. 6,955 crore in 2008-09 from Rs. 4,481 crore in 2003-04), the report says the gross and net profit however had not shown commensurate increase during this period.

"This was mainly due to increase in cost of goods purchased for sale as also increase in quantitative discount given to the units."

It says that evidence indicated that grants given to various organisations of the armed forces out of CSD profits did not follow the provisions of General Financial Rules (GFR) of the government.

"Grants were given to organisations without even insisting on application for funds. Statement of accounts was never sought before sanctioning the grants. Receipt of utilisation certificates was not watched, as required under GFR. Utilisation certificates were never insisted from major recipients namely the army, navy or air force for the grants provided."

The proforma accounts prepared by the CSD did not follow the generally accepted regiment of financial reporting, it said.

During the six years from 2002-2003 to 2007-08, Rs. 883.46 crore was transferred in the form of quantitative discount from the Consolidated Fund of India to the URCs.
Evidence also indicated that benefit of quantitative discount (QD) has never been passed to the consumer.
"Such discount could not be viewed as a trade discount as units operated in a captive market with pricing determined in accordance with the existing policies. QD was in fact another way of transferring money from CFI to non-public fund without conforming to the provisions of the GFR," the report says.

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Gyro Technology

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This wild new motorcycle, invented by 19-year-old Ben J. Poss Gulak, is among the latest inventions to capture attention.


Debuting at the National Motorcycle Show in Toronto, the "Uno" uses gyro technology for balance and acceleration.
It is a battery charged machine that accelerates by leaning forward and slowing down by leaning backwards. It weighs approximately 129 pounds (58 kg.) and has a top speed of 25 mph (40 klms).
Update: Since featuring Ben's invention, he has continued to develop and progress with his innovative product. He won second place in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and first prize in Popular Science's Invention Awards.
Ben also appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and on the popular invention television show "Dragon's Den" where he received 1.25 million dollars from investors.
Gulak continues to develop and commercialize his invention while studying engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The latest prototype, known as the Uno 3, can automatically transform itself from a uno-dicycle into a conventional looking motorcycle, which allows for greater acceleration, speed and stability.
Ben shares this advice for inventors, "When you have an idea, it's easy to get discouraged. There are so many people who will tell you that you're wasting your time. The biggest thing is to not let people get you down. If you really believe in something - keep going after it because there is always a way and you can make your dreams come true."
Source: bpg-motors.com




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