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JAMMU: Spokesperson of BJP J&K, Girdhari Lal Raina on Monday said Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) in its J&K audit report on Social, General, Economic and Revenue for the year ending March 31, 2019 tabled in Parliament on March 24, 2021 has once again exposed the systemic decay in erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir under divisive, discriminatory and obscure provisions of Constitution which promoted separatism to cover corruption and public loot.
CAG report has pointed out significant deficiencies in the implementation of various programmes and internal-control measures in selected departments resulting in negative impact on their functioning and the success of programmes, he added.
The focus, says the report was on auditing specific programmes/schemes in order to offer suitable recommendations to the Executive for taking corrective action and improving service delivery to the citizens.
He asked authorities to remain focused and ensure that the guilty are punished in accordance with the law of the Land
Citing example of Education Department, the CAG report exposes non-establishment of model schools in Jammu and Kashmir in the past 10 years despite availability of fund of Rs 44.13 crore.
The matter was referred to the department/government in May 2020, says CAG report but their replies were awaited (September 2020).
CAG recommends that Government may ensure that unspent amount along with interest accrued thereon may be refunded in accordance with conditions laid down in the sanction order of Ministry of Human Resources Development and responsibility fixed for non-establishment of model schools.
The report states non-receipt of replies from the Departments/ Government in case of paragraphs included in the report.
CAG report allusions are clear indication of defiance by officer’s in charge of the departments. That 49,523 audit observations contained in 11,531 IRs based on the results of test audit, were outstanding as on 31st March 2019 speaks volumes about systemic indifference to transparency and accountability. This in fact is the major stumbling block in the transformation of UT from what it was as a state to what has been promised and envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Various steps taken by the UT administration post reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir are welcome and have started showing some results with increasing number of cases filed by Anti Corruption Bureau and also from the measures taken to ensure digitisation of the process but still a lot of work remains to be done, Raina said. Opposition leaders obviously are finding themselves in net for their unfair transactions during their rule are feeling uncomfortable and are politicising the issue to derail the progression of legal procedures, he added.