Depts create hurdles to hide wrongdoings: Who is afraid of audit in Jammu and Kashmir?
Srinagar, Feb 10:
Seeming exasperated over dilly-dallying tactics by some departments, Accountant
General (AG) has written to Finance Department expressing serious concern over
the repeated attempts by some officials to scuttle the audit system.
“An audit party
was deputed for collecting the copies of contracts and agreements from the
heads of the departments of all the Public Works Departments and civil
departments. The departments were not allowing audit team to access relevant
documents. The objective of scrutiny is to see whether the contracts or
agreements have not led to loss or wastage of public money and also to ensure
that the rules and regulations provide reasonable security against
malpractices,” reads a letter by AG.
The office of the
Accountant General is responsible for the audit of all government departments
and autonomous bodies.
An official of
General Administration Department said departments were not cooperating with
AG’s office to hide their failures.
departments fear that their wrongdoings and misappropriation will get exposed
if there is a fair audit system,” the official said.
The AG’s office
is responsible for the preparation of monthly and annual accounts of the state
governments and Union Territories. These reports are presented before the
government for further action under rules.
Finance Department has now directed departments to provide all relevant
documents to the AG for the audit. Departmental heads have also been warned of
action against non-cooperation with audit teams.
sources said, government has also directed departmental heads to submit monthly
and annual progress report card of their departments.
departments have failed to submit results framework document (RFD) for years,”
the official said.
The RFD was
launched to judge the performance of departments and to bring transparency in
administrative secretaries have to evaluate the performance of their
departments under RFD on the basis of timeline completion of targets, outcomes
of the schemes, priorities fixed, quality of work done, and status of benefits