Deficiencies in policy-making, implementation: CAG’s audit reports

March 18th, 2011 - 9:22 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 18(ANI): Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Rekha Gupta, on Friday briefed about the audit reports on civil, scientific and revenue department.

Addressing the mediapersons here, Gupta said that in the report they have monitored the accounts of the Central government, and have analyzed finances and have overviewed them for the fiscal year 2009-10.

She said that they have noticed many deficiencies in the policy making and implementation.

“In this report we have highlighted serious budget transgressions such as unrealistic and defective budgeting leading to entire or large amount being saved, unnecessary supplementary grants remaining entirely unutilized, indiscriminate use of delegate powers of re-appropriation of funds, diluting the process of parliamentary authorization and rush of expenditure during the last quarter of the financial year,” Gupta said.

Gupta also said that the planned scheme naming lawmaker lapses which is fully funded by the Central government under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation that enables lawmakers to address the local requirements of the constituencies is also facing loss.

“Since 1998-99 non-lapsable funds of two crore rupees per annum is been allotted to each MP (Member of Parliament). We have noticed that many weaknesses persist in the schemes since its inception,” Gupta said.

“Now it is even more important with the government to recognize and remedy these weaknesses particularly in the implementation as non-lapsable funds per MP has been enhanced to five crore rupees per annum. It is also necessary that the ministry should take full ownership of the scheme,” she added.

Gupta further said that there were instances of deficiency in planning and implementation, non or partial achievement of objectives, delays in completion of projects which adversely impacted on the success of remote sensing application projects in the field of agriculture, water resources, urban development and disaster management.

“There were weaknesses in financial management such as reduction in revenue generation, loss of interest, etc. there were also substantial amount of unutilized balances available with the Centre under government projects despite which it continued to receive advances for special projects from department of space and from other government users,” Gupta said. (ANI)

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