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(A) Status of the Action Taken Note (ATN)
Sl.
No
Year No. of Paras/PA reports on which ATNs have been submitted
to PAC after vetting by
Audit
Details of the Paras/PA reports on
which ATNs are pending
No. of ATNs not sent by the Ministry even for the first time No. of ATNs sent by the Ministry and awaiting vetting by Audit No. of ATNs sent but returned with observations and Audit is awaiting their resubmission by the Ministry No. of ATNs which have been finally vetted by audit but have not been submitted by the Ministry to PAC
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. 2006-2007
(Chapter V of Report
No.9 of 2006 - Non-Tax
receipts – issues relating to receipts of DOS)
NIL NIL NIL ONE NIL
2. 2008-2009
(Chapter II of
Report No. PA 2 of 2008-Performance Audit on Procurement of Stores and Inventory Control in DOS)
NIL NIL ONE NIL NIL
3. 2010-2011 (Report No. 21
of 2010 -2011- Performance Audit of the Activities of NRSC)
NIL NIL NIL ONE NIL
4. 2011-2012 (Report No.16 of 2011-12- Para No19.1 – Idle investment on development
of a linac tube)
NIL NIL ONE NIL NIL
5. 2011-2012 (Report No. 16 of 2011-12 – Para No 19.2 – Avoidable payment of electricity duty and cess) NIL NIL ONE NIL NIL
6. 2011-2012 (Report No. 1 on Union Government Accounts 2010-11 – Review of Selected Grants) NIL NIL ONE NIL NIL
7. 2012-2013 (Report
No. 4 – Hybrid satellite digital multimedia broadcasting
service agreement with Devas)
NIL NIL ONE NIL NIL
8. 2013-14 (Report No. 13 of
2012-13 – Avoidable payment
of demand charges)
NIL ONE NIL NIL NIL
9. 2013-14 (Report No. 1 of 2013
– Accounts for the year
2011-12 of the Union Government)
NIL ONE NIL NIL NIL
10. 2013-14 (Report No. 22 of
2013- Edusat Utilisation Programme)
NIL ONE NIL NIL NIL
11. 2013-14 (Report No. 22 of
2013- Parking of foreign
Satellite in Indian Administration coordinated orbital slot.)
NIL ONE NIL NIL NIL
12. 2013-14 (Report No. 22 of
2013- Loss due to unsafe transport and belated
insurance of consignment)
NIL NIL ONE NIL NIL
 

(B) Summary of Important Audit Observations

  1. C&AG Report No.22 of 2013 Union Government, Scientific and Environmental Ministries/Departments, Compliance Audit Observations.

Para No. 3.1 – Edusat Utilisation Programme:
EDUSAT, launched by the Department of Space (DOS) in September 2004 was India’s first thematic satellite dedicated exclusively for educational services to provide distance education service to remote areas of India. The total investment was Rs.549.09 crores comprising of direct investment of Rs.282.76 crores towards launch of the spacecraft and further expenditure of Rs.266.33 crores on establishment of ground network.

It was observed in audit that EDUSAT failed to effectively achieve its objectives due to deficiencies in planning for the network connectivity, content generation and failure to have a robust management structure. There were deficiencies in actual implementation of the programme such as delay in establishment of ground network, idling of network connectivity, disparities in the allocation and idling of satellite bandwidth, inadequate content generation and deficiencies in monitoring and evaluation. The replacement strategy for the existing satellite was also deficient resulting in idling of operational networks. Thus, the objectives of implementation of EDUSAT could not be met fully even at the end of its life.

Para No. 3.2 – Parking of a foreign satellite in Indian Administration coordinated orbital slot:
Department of Space allowed a foreign private satellite service provider to park its satellite in an orbital slot coordinated by the Indian Administration and meant for Indian Satellites, in violation of the country’s SATCOM policy and International Telecommunication Union’s radio regulations.

Para No. 3.3 – Loss due to unsafe transport and belated insurance of consignment:
Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Mahendragiri did not ensure safe sea transport of a Liquid Hydrogen Storage Tank procured at a cost of Rs.15 crores resulting in extensive damage to the consignment, due to which additional expenditure of Rs.1.36 crores was incurred on repair. Insurance claim of Rs.3.39 crores was also rejected by the Insurance Company due to delay in obtaining the cover.