Take CAG report seriously

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India, in its report, has pinpointed several financial irregularities , lack of transparency, accountability and response to the pendency on the part of various departments.
The report also sparked uproar in Upper House over the finding of substandard medicines being used in the Health Institutions of J&K.
In addition, the CAG has pulled up the J&K Government of undue delay in implementation of National Food Security Act, faulty public distribution system and also slammed the government for not taking seriously its inspection reports and observation.
It reflects that administrative machinery of state government is not doing its job properly and as per norms while the persons at helm of affairs have failed to exercise their command and control on their subordinate.
A weak and lethargic administrative machinery cannot deliver good governance unless and until the party in power pulls up them.
It is to be mentioned here that objective of CAG is not to pinpoint the shortcoming and irregularities of the administration but to press for smooth functioning of the government as per existing rules and regulations in the best interest of public and the state.
Moreover a state like J&K, which often runs towards central government with bowl in their hand for additional funds, has no moral authority to ask for more if it failed to utilize the funds allotted by the end of financial year and as per laws. What is more that our government is also not submitting Utilization Certificates in time to central government, a mandatory requirement depicting utilization state of funds.
The report has also observed serious irregularities and flaws in financial matters.
It has also warned of state falling into debt trap as fiscal liabilities are accumulating alarming and have gone up to rupees 48,314 crores, an increase of rupees 17,042 crores in last five years. An ailing government machinery is the main bottleneck in development of the state.
No government can come up to the expectation of its people if it failed to pulls up its machinery.
There is an urgent need on the part of PDP-BJP coalition government led by Mehbooba Mufti to take this report seriously and take slew of measures to improve functioning of the government machinery.
A timely action can save the state from going bad to worse situation. Agenda of good governance can only be achieved with active administrative machinery.
PR Mahotra

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