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Maintain proper accounts: AG
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Nov. 2008 12:39 AM IST
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In an effort to uphold transparency and accountability as well as ensure smooth conduct of audit, the Accountant General (AG) Nagaland has called upon all government departments and public sector units (PSU) in the State to maintain proper accounts. Briefing mediapersons here in his office chamber on the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report for the year ended March 31, 2007, AG Nagaland AN Sarkar said several anomalies and irregularities were detected in various departments, and that public can voice their concern and pressurize the government to take action basing on the report. On reports that some PSUs in the State were not audited for many years, the AG said some PSUs had not prepared their accounts for many years, either due to lack of manpower or non-maintenance of records. Sarkar said he had already discussed the matter with senior officials early this year. “If accounts and documents are not maintained, how can we do the audit?” he asked. Briefing on the CAG report, the AG gave a synopsis of observation and appropriation accounts of the state government, central sponsored schemes, audit of transactions of the various departments, revenue receipts of the state government, commercial trading activities and internal control system. The AG lamented that though the Union government had granted huge funds to Nagaland and other states for development over the past 60 years, the progress or development did not match the amount spent. The AG also revealed that the funds allocated to the State government by the Union government stood at 94 % and that only 6 % came from State share through revenue of tax and non-tax. He suggested that the State government should come out with pragmatic ideas on how to generate more resources and increase revenue collection in the years ahead.

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