CAG says ERP system in GRSE not up to mark

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New Delhi, Oct 25 (UNI) Pointing at the various deficiencies in the ERP system of the Defence Minsitry's Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), the Comptroller and Auditor General has observed that due to its shortcomings the system could not be utilised to its fullest.

''Neither all its modules had been implemented nor its logical access controls were adequate so as to prevent unauthorised access,'' said the CAG report adding that lack of proper input and validation controls had resulted in duplication of material codes thereby creating confusion due to intermingling of data facts.

Its findings also brought forth that there was under utilisation of ERP system, various shortcomings in its customisation besides deficiencies in logical access control among others.

''The objective of faster verification of material availability, material requirement planning, reduction in order placement time among others could not be met due to deficiencies in system customisation.'' Also, due to inadequate input and validation controls, accurate and timely data was not accessible and because of deficiencies in security settings, unauthorised access and manipulation was possible, it added.

Recommending that the system be configured to the company's business needs and manual intervention be avoided the CAG report said a proper disaster recovery plan and business continuity plan be put in place and validation checks be incorporated in the system for better results.

The ERP system was introduced in GRSE in 1998, as part of its computerisation programme, for speedy completion of naval projects.

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