CAG directed to frame realistic budget as second time it’s even far away from reality
The maiden budget of AAP government has pointed out in the report of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for its unrealistic budgetary provisions.
In 2015, the ruling government of AAP had presented the budget and the party boasted of its highest fund allocations in different sectors. However, the CAG in its report has stated that the ruling government did not utilise the funds allocated in the different spheres. Moreover, CAG pulled up AAP government for non-utilisation of funds.
CAG findings on AAP’s budget
CAG has recommended realistic budget estimates to avoid large savings and supplementary provisions and devise suitable mechanisms by finance department to avoid rush of expenditure in last quarter, month of the financial year.
Against a total provision of Rs 37,117.99 crore, an expenditure of Rs 31,024.14 crore was incurred which resulted in savings of Rs 6,093.85 crore and most of the savings were either due to non-finalisation of purchase proposals in time, receipt of less claim, procurement of less store items, non-filling up of vacant posts and non-payment of arears of pay and allowances, among others.
CAG: The second budget of AAP is far away from reality
The CAG report also mentioned that the second budget presented by AAP is far away from the reality. The ruling government has allocated the highest budgetary provisions and it would not be possible for AAP government to utilise the amount. Moreover, the CAG also pointed out the Delhi government to consider the document again as non-utilisation of funds is unethical.
AAP government did not utilise the funds properly, said CAG
As per the information, many important departments of Delhi government have not spent the proper funds of the total allocated funds. The Public Welfare departments of labour and civil supplies failed to spend up to 90 per cent of the allocated funds.