The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has said 62 departments of the Assam government have failed to submit Utilization Certificates (UCs) of an amount of Rs. 9,943.42 cr from the year 2001-2002 to 2011-2012.
Guwahati, Apr 6 (IBNS): The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has said 62 departments of the Assam government have failed to submit Utilization Certificates (UCs) of an amount of Rs. 9,943.42 cr from the year 2001-2002 to 2011-2012.
The CAG said 18,202 UCs due in respect of grants aggregating Rs. 9,943.42 cr paid to 62 departments of the Assam government during the period from 2001-2002 to 2011-2012 were in arrears.
The recent report of the CAG, which was tabled in the state legislative assembly, said out of 18,202 UCs worth Rs. 9,943.42 cr pending as of March 2012, UCs (16,773 numbers) involving Rs. 5,769.84 cr were pending for more than three years.
"Pendency of UCs mainly pertained to Education Department (12,477 UCs; Rs. 636.40 cr), Health Department (367 UCs; Rs. 350.57 cr), Industries and Commerce Department (391 UCs; Rs. 177.22 cr), Panchayat and Rural Development Department (168 UCs; Rs. 1,087.58 cr), Rural Development Department (165 UCs; Rs. 1,952.14 cr), Social Welfare Department (478 UCs; Rs. 838.77 cr) and Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes (724 UCs; Rs. 1,454.60 cr)," the report said.
"Out of the 62 departments, 24 departments even failed to submit UCs in respect of grants released to them during the period 2001-02. In the absence of the UCs it could not be ascertained whether the recipients had utilized the grants for the purposes for which these were given," the CAG said.
The report also revealed that 255 cases of misappropriation, defalcation, involving the government money amounting to Rs. 75.29 cr (upto March 2012) were found, on which final action was pending.
In case of fiscal liabilities of Assam government, the CAG said the overall fiscal liabilities of the state has increased at an average annual rate of 8.80 percent during the period of 2007-12.
During the current year, the fiscal liabilities of the state government increased by Rs 1,804 cr from Rs 29,693 cr in 2010-11 to Rs. 31,497 cr in 2011-12. "Although, the ratio of fiscal liabilities to GSDP (Gross State Domestic Product) has decreased from 28.55 per cent in 2010-11 to 27.29 per cent in 2011-12," the CAG said in the report.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)