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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has revealed discrepancies in the financial dealing between the Oil Ministry and Reliance Industries.

The CAG report presented to the Parliament on Tuesday said that the Oil Ministry in March 2009 had allowed Reliance Industries to charge a marketing margin on KG-D6 gas in US dollars rather than in rupees. This resulted in a Rs. 201 crore excess in subsidy payout.

The report said that while the marketing margin for GAIL was fixed in Indian rupees, for RIL the same was done in US dollars.

“Additional impact of charging of marketing margin by contractor…on 15 million standard cubic meters per day of KG-D6 gas (supplied to fertilizer units on an average) in excess of marketing margin allowed to GAIL, for the period from May 2009 to March 2014 works out to Rs 201.40 crore,” the CAG report said.

“Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for KG-D6 block did not provide for marketing margin component. The contractor (RIL), however, has been charging marketing margin based on the energy equivalent of gas supplied ie USD 0.135 per mmBtu,” the report said.

According to the report, charging marketing margin for a commodity produced, marketed and consumed domestically in US dollars “is incongruous with Indian market.” The report also revealed that the change meant that the margin which was Rs 244.31 per thousand cubic meters (mscm) in 2010-11 was increased to Rs 325.51 per mscm in 2013-14.

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Rajiv Mehrishi Takes Over as CAG of India

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Rajiv Mehrishi (IANS)

New Delhi, Sep 25: Former Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi assumed the office of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India today. He took the oath of office before President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

Mehrishi succeeds Shashi Kant Sharma, former CAG of India, who demitted office on September 22 of this year.

Mehrishi, who retired as Home Secretary in August at the end of a two-year extension, will have a tenure as CAG until August 7, 2020, when he will turn 65.

Mehrishi belonged to the 1978 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of Rajasthan cadre.

He was appointed Union Home Secretary in August 2015. Prior to that, he was Finance Secretary at the Centre and Rajasthan Chief Secretary.

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