SRINAGAR: Nine departments of the Jammu and Kashmir government have spent nearly Rs 2,000 crore in “violation of budgetary provisions” during the financial year 2015-16, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has said in its state finances report.
According to the report, an expenditure of Rs 1,961.44 crore was incurred under 59 major heads of account without there being any budgetary provision for them during 2015-16.
The report, tabled in the state Assembly during its special session on the Goods and Services Tax last month, said the money had been spent without any provision in the original estimates and supplementary demands and without any re- appropriation orders to this effect.
The Social Welfare department has spent the highest amount to the tune of Rs 533.96 crore, followed by the Finance department with Rs 517.65 crore to answer for. The other departments named in the report are Health and Medical Education, which made an expenditure of Rs 286.67 crore, the Agriculture department with an overspend of Rs 104.80 crore, the Rural Development department (Rs 146.81 crore), the Industries and Commerce department (Rs 85.52 crore), the Public Works Department (Rs 73.96 crore) and the Planning and Development department (Rs 71.13 crore).
All these departments have spent far in excess of budgetary allocations. The report said that, as per the budget manual, expenditure should not be incurred on a scheme or service without any provision of funds.
These violations have raised questions over the functioning of the departments where these amounts were spent. Has the government allocated lesser amounts to its departments than was required or have the departments used money for purposes which were not for public use? The lack of government seriousness in addressing the matter is also to be seen as no action has been taken despite a month having passed since it came into the public domain.
Finance Minister Haseen Drabu and Finance Commissioner Navin Kumar were not available for comment.