By: Akshay Chooramani
In the first stint of the Kejriwal led government, CAG audit was ordered. However, post the resignation of the Aam Aadmi Party, the audit was put on hold. The Discoms were reluctant to furnish documents to CAG. CAG report found, prima facie, financial misappropriations worth 8000 crores.
Since the promise of CAG Audit has been fulfilled, the performance of the government has been classified as “Fulfilled”. However, the power companies managed to get a stay on the CAG report from Delhi High Court on the technical ground and the matter is currently pending with the Supreme Court.
With matter pending in Supreme Court, the AAP government has asked Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) which is quasi-judicial body to conduct a complete audit of the physical assets of the discoms and their distribution system in the capital. The audit will include verification of claims of discoms over a period of seven years beginning from 2004-2005.