“Ahead of Delhi government’s budget presentation for the financial year 2015-16, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India slammed Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government in Delhi for non-utilisation of funds and instructed to present a present a ‘realistic’ budget.”
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has taken serious note of the Rs 6,093.85 crore, which was not spent and got lapsed in the Delhi budget for 2014-15. It must be noted here Delhi government utilised only 30% of the funds and now CAG has instructed the Delhi government to spend the allotted funds on the development works.
Shortfall in spending of planned funds
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia presented the CAG report in the Delhi Assembly. CAG made an observation that Delhi government should spend the entire budget amount within the financial year. It only shows ta reflection to the fact that the AAP government presented an “unrealistic” budget last time, which resulted in a record “shortfall” in spending of the planned funds.
Funds available for self-publicity but not for development works
AAP government in Delhi earmarked massive Rs 526 crores for advertising immediately after taking charge of the Delhi government. More than ten times higher than the previous financial year, it was even higher than the central government’s advertising budget.
Completely ignoring undertaking development projects in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government had put all the resources in running self-glorifying ads across the country.
The Delhi government has been making false claims of saving huge money in terms of expenditure on development projects but it is conveniently hiding the fact that two third of the annual development funds was unutilized in the National capital.