Delayed Audit Reports, Lower Output Marked Last Two Years of CAG’s Functioning -Himanshu Upadhyaya
As the tenure of the current CAG of India comes to an end in August, just how impactful has the national auditor been in recent times?
When Parliament’s budget session for the year 2020 started on January 30, political and economic observers hoped to see tabling of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India’s Audit Report on Union Government (Finance Accounts).
However, these hopes were dashed when on the third day, while two audit reports got tabled in parliament, the much-awaited Audit Report on Finance Accounts was not amongst those.
The two audit reports that were tabled included the Audit Report on Defence Services and Audit Report on Customs, which were shared with the government on November 29, 2019 and could have in fact been presented in the previous parliamentary session in December 2019.
Usually, the CAG office has followed the well-established convention of finalising the report on finance accounts ahead of the budget session, so that the audit observations are available to the public during the budget session. By March 23 this year, when the parliament was adjourned by the speaker sine die none of the other CAG Audit Reports that would have been finalised in the calendar year 2020 were presented.
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TheWire.in, 24 July, 2020, https://thewire.in/political-economy/cag-delayed-audit-reports-lower-output-defence-services