By Accommodation Times Lok Sabha Bureau
Considering the importance of land as precious national resource, it has been decided that conduct of land audit will be resumed and shall be conducted by Directorate General of Defence Estates (DGDE). Initially, orders for conduct of land-audit have been issued in respect of 6 (Six) Defence Estates Office (DEO) Circles in Southern Command, i.e. Chennai, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Vizag, Goa and Cochin and one DEO Circle Meerut in Central Command. The work is to be completed during the current financial year.
Ministry of Defence issued directions to Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) to carry out a special performance audit study of the land acquisition cases for the three Services being dealt by DGDE. In their report submitted to the Ministry, CGDA made a number of recommendations including for internal audit to review utilization of temporarily surplus land. All recommendations were considered by the Ministry of Defence. Accordingly land audit is being conducted by DGDE which among other objectives covers efficient usage of defence land also.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Raghuvansh Prasad Singh in Lok Sabha on 19th Dec 2011.