Patna:  The audit report on state finances in Bihar for the period ended March 31, 2011, highlighted altogether 1034 cases of misappropriation, defalcation, theft and loss involving government money amounting to Rs 409 crore.

A CAG report pointed out that out of Rs 25331.05 crore drawn on Abstract Contingent bills during the year 2002-03 to 2010-11, Detailed Contingent bills amounting to Rs 2755.68 crore only were submitted to the Accountant General, Bihar. As on September 14, DC bills in respect of Rs 22, 75.37 crore drawn were not submitted despite repeated reminders and request.

The report revealed that out of Rs 7015.37 crore drawn during 2010-11 on AC bills, Rs 2749.82 crore (39 percent) was drawn in March 2011. Of this, Rs 937.75 crore was drawn during the last four days i.e. 28 March 2011 to 31 March 2011.

Stating that advances from the contingency fund were to be given only for meeting expenditure of an unforeseen and emergent nature, the CAG said the state legislature raised the corpus of the contingency fund from Rs 350 crore to Rs 1500 crore on temporary basis for the current financial year for relief and rehabilitation measures.

The state government, however, succeeded in maintaining a revenue surplus during 2006-11. There was also a significant increase in revenue surplus during the current year. The growth of revenue receipts during the year was Rs 9005 crore (25 percent) over the previous year mainly due to increase in state's own tax revenue/share of union taxes/duties and grants-in-aid from the Government of India, it said.