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30 May, 2002

Fuzzy accounts cast shadow on Red Cross

Indian Express
Chandigarh, May 29: THE UT chapter of the Indian Red Cross Society one of the most respectable NGOs of the country is in a financial mess. Fudged accounts, unaccounted for expenses to the tune of nearly Rs 15 lakh and practically zero budgeting for the last five years 1996 to 2001 has put a big question mark over the functioning of the organisation. ...
Where did the vans go?
AS per a detailed account report, dated August 31, 1998, former MP Satya Pal Jain had donated six vans worth Rs 27 lakh to IRCS (UT) from his MP Lad Fund. This finds no mention in the accounts of the year 1998-1999. The annual report of the same year too merely mentions that the fleet of ambulance vans has been increased from two to seven.
This, says Satya Pal Jain, is the ultimate disregard for this huge sum of money donated for a public cause. Forget mentioning it in the accounts, they have not even written a word of appreciation or acknowledgement in the annual report. This is bureaucratic arrogance at its worst, with the IRCS becoming a one-man show.
DC M. Ramsekhar clarifies: We are using those vans, but due to the problems in the accounts, there might have been an ommision. I will immediately look into the matter.
Also, the schedule of fixed assets, as on March 31, 2000 and March 31, 2001 lists only three ambulance and three funeral vans as the assets posssesed by IRCS (UT). But the annual report 2001-2002 states that IRCS is maintaining three funeral and seven ambulance vans. ..