RTI-1 Exposing The Financial Irregularities In The Delhi Jal Board
The RTI-1 below answered the request for the balance sheet and profit and loss account of DJB. The response received to the RTI was shocking as it stated that the balance sheet from 2015-16 onwards is under preparation even as of 2021. The Delhi Jal Board’s financial accounts for the past six years have been missing/not been prepared. The Delhi government not only has no account of a public entity but it is also clear from the RTI response that the Delhi government is actively avoiding an audit. The fact that even as of 2021, the 2015-16 Balance Sheet of DJB has not been prepared shows the malicious intent of the Delhi Government to run away from the audit.
The Kejriwal-led AAP has given thousands of crores of loans to the DJB. The shocking part here is that the AAP has not transparently maintained an account of the annual statement, including the balance sheet from the accounting year 2015-16 to 2020-21. What is stopping the Arvind Kejriwal government to audit the DJB which is under its control?
After BJP brought these irregularities in DJB in public light, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Delhi High Court by Delhi BJP leader Harish Khurana. The petition sought to maintain proper accounts and other relevant records of DJB, along with a request seeking Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to audit the accounts of DJB.
In August 2021, after the PIL, the Delhi HC issued a notice to DJB to maintain the balance sheet from the accounting year 2015-16 till 2020-21 (Source). It is mandatory for the state and local bodies to maintain financial accounts and conduct an annual audit in order to ensure accountability and ascertain their effective functioning towards the general public. AAP has evidently failed to maintain transparency and accountability to its constituents in Delhi.
As is seen in the RTI response, the DJB under the AAP government has not prepared the balance sheets from 2015 to 2021. Under AAP’s governance, DJB has not only remained an unaudited entity but it has also been made debt-ridden, with financial irregularities worth over thousands of crores. This can be seen in RTI-2.