‘CAG reports on Govt finances tabled in House after L-G's intervention’

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‘CAG reports on Govt finances tabled in House after L-G's intervention’

Friday, 05 August 2022 | New Delhi | Staff Reporter

Reports by apex auditing body Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on the Delhi Government's finances that were not tabled in the Assembly for the last four years were finally presented before the House last month following the Lieutenant Governor Secretariat's intervention.

 After the L-G’s Secretariat reminded the Government of its constitutionally mandated duty, the reports were tabled during the Monsoon Session of the Delhi Assembly in July.

The sources at the Lieutenant-Governor's office said five reports by the CAG for the years 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 titled the 'State Finances Audit Report', 'Revenue Economic, Social & General Sectors and PSUs', 'Social General & Economic Sectors (Non-PSUs)', 'Finance Accounts of GNCTD' and the 'Appropriation Accounts of GNCTD' were pending with the Government.

 "It took four letters from the L-G Secretariat dated September 24, 2021, March 10, 2022, April 6, 2022 and June 15, 2022 for the five reports of four years to be laid in the Assembly finally on July 5," the sources said.

The sources said that as per the Constitution, the CAG submits its report to the State Government, who after the approval of the Finance Minister and the Chief Minister, sends the same to the L-G for recommendation for presenting it in the Assembly. They claimed that till June 30, there was no progress on the issue.

The Chief Minister approved these reports on July 1 and sent them to the L-G for recommendation that the reports be laid in the Delhi Assembly. The L-G accorded his approval on July 2, and subsequently, the reports were tabled on July 5, the sources added.

“It was only after a determined shove from the L-G Secretariat on 15.06.2022 as mentioned above, after Vinai Kumar Saxena took over, that Kejriwal hurriedly convened a two-day Session of the Delhi Assembly and laid all these pending CAG reports in one go within one minute on 05th July, 2022 at 02:55 PM without any discussion,” sources said.

“Even as the Finance Department in pursuance of the L-G Secretariat letter dated March 10, 2022, put up the file to Finance Minister Manish Sisodia, clearly mentioning pendency in this regard since 2017-18 to 2021-22 on March 11, 2022,” sources stated.

“The file underlined that the said CAG reports had been pending at the level of the Finance Minister. However, Sisodia even then chose to sit on the file till June 30, 2022, after which the CM approved it on July 1, 2022 and sent to the LG for recommending that the reports be laid in the Delhi Assembly.

The LG accorded his approval on July 2, 2022, and subsequently the reports were laid on July 5, 2022, they said. There was no immediate reaction from the Delhi Government over the issue.

 

The Constitution of India vide Article 151 mandates that “The reports of the CAG relating to the accounts of the state shall be submitted to the Governor of the state, who shall cause them to be laid before the Legislature of the Assembly”.

 

 

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