The CAG has suggested the state to make the right budget on the basis of credible estimates based on the need (indicative picture)
The report also mentioned how private sector companies (Rs 837 crore), private educational institutions (Rs 17 crore), trusts (Rs 79 crore), NGOs (Rs 18.35 crore), individuals through government (Rs 1.56 crore) was transferred directly to India. . Year 2019-20.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has uncovered several lapses in the financial transactions of the Gujarat government. The CAG has suggested the state to make the right budget on the basis of credible estimates based on the need. The State Finance Audit Report of the CAG for the financial year ended March 31, 2020 was laid in the Gujarat Assembly on Tuesday. Today was the last day of the two-day monsoon session. The CAG also noted that funds were transferred directly from the Center to various implementing agencies in Gujarat, including private trusts, educational institutions and individuals. are not visible in the Annual Finance Accounts of the State.
These funds have grown by over 350 percent since 2015. The CAG observed that spending without budget provision is a violation of financial rules and shows lack of financial discipline. The CAG in its audit also found that fund transfers to 14,273 gram panchayats were not shown in government accounts. That is, the accounts of these Gram Panchayats are of scheduled banks (outside the government account). The government auditor said that the government does not have any mechanism to track the unutilized money lying in the accounts of panchayats.
CAG raised questions
“As per the Gujarat Budget Rules, 1983, no expenditure can be made on any item without budget provision or on the basis of assessment of supplementary demand,” the CAG said. In both these cases, more than Rs 1 crore (total Rs 11.07 crore) was spent without budget provision in the year 2019-20. It was decided to release additional central assistance to the State Governments.
where was the transfer
In Gujarat, fund transfers directly from the center to the state implementing agencies continued during 2019-20 as well. The CAG noted that the direct transfer of funds by the central government had increased by 350 per cent to Rs 11,659 crore in 2019-20. The report also mentioned how private sector companies (Rs 837 crore), private educational institutions (Rs 17 crore), trusts (Rs 79 crore), NGOs (Rs 18.35 crore), individuals through government (Rs 1.56 crore) was transferred directly to India. . Year 2019-20.
Through which schemes the amount was sent
The report said that the central government is transferring funds directly to the state implementing agencies for various schemes and programs in the social and economic sectors. These funds were not routed through the state budget/state treasury system. The CAG said that these parameters do not present the complete picture. Among the schemes of the Center in which funds were transferred during the year 2019-20, Rs 3133 crore is also included in the form of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi. Rs 593 crore transferred for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. While Rs 182 crore was released for MP Local Area Development Scheme, Rs 97 crore was released for Pradhan Mantri Kewal Vandana Yojana.
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