Indian Military Profiting from Golf Courses
By mustang6560 on 3/28/11
The Indian military has come under scrutiny as the national auditor released a report stating the military is using government land to build and profit from golf courses.
India’s national auditor has slammed the country’s army for turning large tracts of state military property into illegal privately run golf courses and leisure centres without paying rent to the government, costing the exchequer millions of dollars in lost revenue.

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The allegations will come as a huge embarrassment for the Indian military, which has been viewed as professional and honest.

The CAG said a privately held company controlled by army officials ran 97 golf courses on more than 8,000 acres of land owned by the Ministry of Defence, the biggest government landowner.
I am not an expert on Indian public policy. However, I don't think I need to be a resident expert living in Delhi to see the concern here.

The Indian military is charging memberships on golf courses (built on government property) that they do not pay any rent to maintain and it doesn't appear the government is receiving any sort of tax revenue from the profits. Further, the military bought golf carts trying to pass them off as "mechanized wheelchairs". Smell a little fishy?

I have no problem the military providing golf facilities for its personnel. But, I do have a problem with corruption. The military should be able to use some of the revenue to pay the golf professional salaries, facility and course maintenance and any other golf-related expense. If the Indian military is going to build golf courses on government land, any and all remaining profits should go directly to the government- not the other way around.

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Torleif Sorenson says:
Agreed. But I'm just wondering how long it will be before some kook seizes upon this story in order to criticize the U.S. Department of Defense having courses for our men and women in uniform, active duty and retired.
cjgiant says:
I wonder if "govt contractors" got a deal charging $200,000 for a hole-cutter (and who supplied the clubhouse with toilet seats?)
Bryan K says:
A guy I golf with from time to time was born in India. He said he lived right on a golf course, but he was never allowed to play dispite the fact that his family had money because of the social heirarchy in India. He came to Boston in the late 1980's to go to school, and on his first night in the dorm, his roommate asked him if he wanted to go play golf. He has never looked back.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Now THAT is a story that turned out the right way. Bryan, please give your friend my greetings. Also, 1000 bonus points for the roommate in Boston.
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