The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has rapped the Centre for not bothering to verify whether huge sums of money allocated to various schemes were actually spent for the purpose for which they were sanctioned.
"Utilisation certificates are the only mechanism for the ministries to verify whether the money has been utilised for the purpose for which it was given. In as many as 26 ministries/departments, 37,569 utilisation certificates involving Rs 51,527.1 crore, which were due on March 31, 2015, were outstanding, which indicates deficient monitoring and follow-up mechanisms in the ministries/departments concerned," a CAG report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday stated.
A senior official of CAG office told MAIL TODAY that the audit report on government accounts has been tabled just ahead of the next Union Budget so that the points raised can be factored into the Budget-making exercise. The CAG analysis relates to grants-in-aid, which constituted nearly 28 per cent of the revenue expenditure in the Budget for 2014-15 and, with the exception of debt repayment, is the singlelargest item of expenditure for the Union government.
Detailed analysis of expenditure on grants-in-aid released by the ministry of food processing industries and the ministry of earth sciences revealed deficient control mechanisms and inadequate assurance with regard to the quality of the expenditure incurred. The report further states that total receipts of Rs 7,537.88 crore towards Universal Access Levy during the year 2014-15, the telecommunications department transferred only Rs 2,086.98 crore to the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USO Fund).