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CAG detects anomalies in various govt depts

DIMAPUR, FEB 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/19/2021 1:15:44 PM IST

 15 depts fail to submit DCC amounting to Rs. 205.83 cr

NPS: Short transfer of Rs. 62.01 cr to NSDL

Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in its report (Finance Accounts Vol-I, 2018-19) for the year ended March 2019, tabled in the recently concluded Assembly session detected financial anomalies in various departments.

In its report, the CAG pointed out that 15 departments failed to submit 124 detailed countersigned contingent (DCC) bills amounting to Rs. 205.83 crore before closing of the accounts for the financial year 2018-19. Therefore, CAG said that there was no assurance that the expenditure of Rs. 205.83 crore was actually incurred during the financial year for the purpose for which it was authorized by the legislature.

In addition to this, CAG said that 167 AC bills amounting to Rs. 320.94 crore drawn up to 2017-18 were also outstanding as on March 31, 2019.

As a result, CAG said 291 AC bills involving Rs. 526.77 crore were outstanding as of March 2019. Advances drawn and not accounted for increased the possibility of wastage/ misappropriation/ malfeasance etc., the report stated.

Further, 18 departments failed to submit 59 utilization certificates (UCs) involving Rs. 115.89 crore which were due to be submitted during the year 2018-19 and therefore, there was no assurance that the expenditure of Rs. 115.89 crore was actually incurred for the purpose for which it was authorized.

In addition, CAG said that 128 UCs worth Rs. 644.83 crore due for submission up to 2017-18 were also outstanding as on March 31, 2019. In this regard, 187 UCs worth Rs. 760.72 crore were due for submission as of March 2019. “High pendency of UCs is fraught with risk of misappropriation of fund and fraud,” the report stated.

Meanwhile, it said that the government collected Rs. 86.74 crore from employees as contribution towards National Pension Scheme (NPS) and contributed only Rs. 58.17 crore as government’s share towards the scheme. It pointed out that the government did not discharge its statutory liability as it failed to contribute Rs. 28.57 crore as government’s matching share under NPS.

Further, the report stated that against the total collected funds of Rs. 144.91 crore, the government transferred Rs. 111.47 crore only to designated authority (National Securities Depository Limited- NSDL) and did not transfer Rs. 33.44 crore to NSDL for further investment as per the provision of the scheme.

It said that there was a “short transfer” of Rs. 62.01 crore (Rs. 33.44 crore not transferred  + Rs. 28.57 crore short contribution) to the NSDL and the current liability stands deferred to future year(s).

The report also pointed out that the state government created interest liability on the amount not transferred to NSDL, incorrectly used the funds that belonged to its employees and created uncertainty in respect of benefits due to the employees affected/avoidable financial liability to the government in the future, leading to possible failure of the scheme itself.

 

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