The CAG will not only scrutinize the tenets of government schemes but also inspect the government departments and grill all of them under its stringent audit procedure. JPN/Bureau
This new style of audit introduced by CAG will focus on each and every department of the Centre and state governments.
According to the sources, CAG might commence its audit procedure from the Departments of Finance Ministry and moving on will pore over in the departments of Central Board of direct Taxes (CBDT), Central Excise (CE) and Division of Border taxes.
According to sources, the department-based audit is entitled to start from the month of July and is expected to end by June next year.
This procedure initiated by CAG will help in bringing out the existing shortcomings in the various departments of the government.
The CAG has in the past few years done a commendable job by exposing the prevailing corruption in various government departments. The top audit body, however, had to face a lot of flak from many senior UPA ministers.
CAG is most famous for its 2G report, in which it unearthed the scam involving shortfall of Rs 1.76 lakh crores.
2G, which involved illegally undercharging mobile telephone companies for frequency allocation licenses, was then used to create 2G spectrum subscriptions for cell phones.
Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal had defended the Centre over the 2G spectrum scam and presented ‘zero loss’ theory while overruling the CAG report.
After the outbreak of the 2G scam report by CAG, many UPA ministers accused former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai of going beyond the limits prescribed by the Constitution.
The CAG also highlighted corruption in the preparations of Commonwealth Games and in populist flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MANREGA), Farmers’ loan waiving scheme and National Rural Health Scheme.
A debate was initiated in the UPA’s present tenure that CAG has no authority to conduct audit in government policies. While CAG justified itself by stating that it is only dealing with what it is supposed to do.
President Pranab Mukherjee has recently lauded CAG and its endeavors.
The CAG will not only scrutinize the tenets of government schemes but also inspect the government departments and grill all of them under its stringent audit procedure.