C’garh needs better steps to manage ‘micro-economy’: CAG

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C’garh needs better steps to manage ‘micro-economy’: CAG

Thursday, 13 September 2018 | Staff Reporter | Raipur

Chhattisgarh is good in macro-economy, but at micro-level, necessary corrective steps have to be taken for better fiscal management, Bijay Kumar Mohanty, Chief Accountant General (Audit) said on Wednesday.

The State departments are not even spending their budgetary allocation; while loan taken is not being recorded against which it is providing security. The Government has to tighten control over it, he said while briefing media persons on the Comptroller General of Accounts (CAG) report tabled in Chhattisgarh Assembly on Wednesday.

He said that Government has taken loan of around Rs 11,880 crore out of which around Rs 8,800 crore is going for repayment of debts while only balance of Rs 3,000 crore is remaining with it.

Mohanty pointed out that Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited (CSPDCL) availed loan amounting to Rs 1,955 crore for implementation of Krishak Jeevan Jyoti Scheme for providing free electricity to BPL consumers and agriculture pump sets in 2016-17 in which the State Government took the liability but it is not mentioned in the accounts.

He further said that 24.26 percent of overall savings that is Rs 19,743.38 crore against total budget provision of Rs 80,202.32 crore during 2016-17 is pointing towards non-expenditure of budgetary allocations by departments.

On question of supplementary budgets, Mohanty said it is not a good fiscal procedure adopted by Government. Supplementary budget was of Rs 3,000 crore but only Rs 1,958 crore was spent.

He said that the legislature is yet to regularise excess expenditure of Rs 3,257.55 crore over provisions for the years 2000-01 to 2016-17. Utilisation certificates amounting to Rs 5,016.79 crore were outstanding as of March 31, 2017.

The Public Works and Irrigation departments had 145 incomplete projects with cumulative expenditure of Rs 5,936.68 crore, out which 48 projects initially valued at Rs 2,623.21 crore have now been revised to Rs 5,059.03 crore.

He said it is unfortunate that State Government has not made its matching contribution of Rs 23.98 crore under the New Pension Scheme as on March 31, 2017 to the NSDL/Trustee Bank.  Similarly, arrears of tax revenue were Rs 2,698.93 crore in seven departments of which, Rs 975.84 crore has remained uncollected for more than five years. Mohanty said out of gender budget provision of Rs 1455.87 crore for 25 schemes exclusively for women centric works, only Rs 883.38 core (60.68 per cent) was spent.

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