Autonomous bodies have no financial accountability, CAG alerts go unnoticed

Autonomous bodies have no financial accountability, CAG alerts go unnoticed

SRINAGAR: A serious financial irregularity has been persisting in Jammu and Kashmir as none of the autonomous bodies and many government departments have submitted their audit reports before the state government since 1997.
“A total of 586 annual accounts of 28 autonomous bodies were awaited in audit as on 31 March 2016,” says the latest Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report. “Nine Autonomous Bodies required to be audited by the CAG had also not furnished the annual accounts,” the report reads.
Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh (LAHDC), Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Kargil, Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu, Employees Provident Fund Board, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir State Housing Board, Khadi and Village Industries Board and Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board are the nine bodies whose names have figured in the report.
The report said the LAHDC Leh, has not submitted accounts for audit since its inception in 1995-96 although substantial sums are being released to them. Same is the case about LAHDC Kargil which came into existence in 2004-05, according to the CAG. Just in 2015-16 financial year, a grant of Rs 253 crore in case of LAHDC Leh and Rs 269 crore in case of LAHDC Kargil was released by the government.
“In view of this non-compliance, the audited accounts of these statutory bodies have not so far been presented to the state legislature as required under the statutes under which these bodies were created,” says the report. “This has deprived the state legislature of the opportunity to assess their activities and financial performance.’
The audits are conducted to figure out several significant deficiencies in the implementation of various programmes/ activities so that they can be eliminated. The findings of the audit forwarded to the principal secretaries of the department for their action accordingly send their responses to CAG within six weeks.
However the report pointed out that replies from various departments were not received.


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