Early Times Report
Jammu, Feb 7: Breaking the norm of tabling Comptroller and Audit General (CAG) report in the Assembly during the budget session, the state government is allegedly trying to hide the wrongdoings committed by it.
Normally, the CAG report is tabled in the Assembly, but this time the government did not follow the set practice.
"The Speaker adjourned the House sine die, which made government immune to criticism that it had to face due to ambiguities in the audit report," said a political observer, adding that this year's CAG report carried double the number of irregularities.
He said the coalition government did not intend to hold special session for the tabling of CAG report.
"If the government intends, it can introduce CAG report by conducting special session of the Assembly. But they have probably delayed it for next six months or next Assembly session," said the political observer.
He added that Governor N.N.Vohra had also pressed for placing report in the two houses of legislature, but still no audit department
was ever intimated.
Talking to Early Times, Deputy Auditor General (Economics and Revenue) V K Bakshi said the CAG report is generally tabled during Assembly session, probably budget, but this time no official order was received from the government.
Precedent has been that once the Governor issues the order in pursuance of Article 151(2) of the Constitution of India, it becomes obligatory for the state government to table the report.
"They cannot delay it even by a day. Since delay means that you are not taking Governor's office seriously and going by your own comfort," added the observer, "The coalition partners did not have time to settle personal score, what developmental could be expected from it."
He said that this audit report must be carrying more misdeeds of the government, that is why they have not made it public.
Meanwhile, talking to Early Times Deputy Auditor General (economics and Revenue)-V K Bakshi said that the CAG report is generally tabled during Assembly session, probably budget, but this time no official order was received from the government.
"We were ready with the document, but the government did not intimate us," said Bakshi, adding, "Our job is to highlight the loopholes and its duty of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to take action on it."