Dispur flouting fiscal discipline norms

CAG frowns on excess expenditure by 10 departments  

By Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, Jan 27: Making a mockery of fiscal discipline, ten government departments have incurred an "excess expenditure" of Rs 3,141 crore between 2006 and 2014, drawing the ire of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

The "excess" expenditure was over the allotments in budgetary and supplementary grants.

The Pension department topped the list with an excess expenditure of Rs 2,867 crore, followed by Roads & Bridges (PWD) with Rs 96.16 crore and Power with Rs 60.71 crore. The other departments in the list are Election (Rs 56 crore), Treasury (Rs 16 crore), Water Supply & Sanitation (Rs 52 crore), Sainik Welfare (Rs 2 crore), Trade Advisor (Rs 1 lakh), Administrative Training (Rs 1.90 crore) and Relief & Rehabilitation (Rs 4.03 crore).

With the CAG frowning on such practice, the Public Accounts Committee of the State assembly will hold a meeting on January 29 to discuss the issue.

The PAC has also sought explations from the departments for the excess expenditure. The government determines its fincial positions and planned expenditure in the coming year in its annual budget. In case any additiol fund is required by any department, it is later incorporated in the Supplementary Grants. However, excess expenditure by any department - over these two allocations - is often regularized later.

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