The Public Accounts Committee has summoned the Chief Secretary, Government of Meghalaya, Planning and Finance department during its next sitting on October 12th, seeking reason for the non utilisation of Funds.
Taking cognizance of the state finances audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India 2020 tabled in the just concluded autumn session of the state Assembly in which it is mentioned that the state government had surrendered Rs 5242.30 crore out of Rs 6003.39 crore total savings last year, denying utilization of savings for other developmental purposes.
Informing about this, the PAC chairman, Charles Pyngrope said, “This will be to scrutinise the observation of the CAG report with regard to finance, there were funds which were reverted back not utilized, we want to know the reason why it was so?”
“Out of total savings of Rs 6003.39 crore, an amount of Rs 5242.30 crore was surrendered on the last working day of March 2020. Surrender of funds on the last working day of March denied utilization of savings for other developmental purposes,” the CAG report states.
The Chairman further said, “We have called the Chief Secretary, Planning and Finance department to make their submission on the issue.”
The PAC will further scrutinize the CAG report where apart from the regular observations on non-utilisation or misutilisation of funds what stands out this time is the non-submission of as many as 838 utilisation certificates amounting to Rs 3843.37 crore which were due for submission during 2019-20.
Further there was an increase of Rs 851.30 crore over the previous year’s balance of Rs 4299.62 crore in the pending amount of UCs.