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Mineral Wealth Under CAG Scanner

Bhubaneswar; The Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG) will conduct the natural resources accounting (NRA) in the State and will look into the expenditure incurred on the extraction of natural resources from the mines.

CAG Girish Chandra Murmu informed about this on Monday while inaugurating the new office building for the Principal Accountant General (Audit) here at Keshari Nagar.

Speaking at the function, Mr.Murmu said the CAG will account the natural resources present in the State and audit its value, expenditure done in its development and profit and loss incurred through the natural resources.

This has started on a pilot basis. The NRA would improve the accountability of the executives, he said.

Similarly, the CAG will also audit the Panchayati Raj Institutions which will help in the real time audit of the local bodies in the State, he said.

“Centre sanctions huge funds to the State for various welfare schemes and these schemes are implemented through the local bodies. Therefore, an audit by the CAG would help detect anomalies and suggest rectification in the same. This will help in real time audit,” said Mr.Murmu.

CAG clearly expressed that the main aim of the organisation is to improve the management of the auditee establishments and to suggest value addition to the performance of the organization in delivery of services.

“The nation is looking forward to Sustainable Development Goals to make life better for our future generations.  Sequel to this concept, we are proposing District Centric Audits to assess the growth in all sectors and recommend to the local self-governments to improve the devolved functions considering the huge quantum of funds transferred by the Central and State Governments,” Mr.Murmu said.  

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India inaugurating the new office building for the Principal Accountant General (Audit) stressed the need for a good working environment to improve efficiency of the organization.

He expressed that construction of office buildings is not as easy as we may think as identification of land, obtaining permissions/clearances from various organizations and timely completion of the building is an ordeal task. 

He thanked all the State Government departments and other organizations, who were supportive in successfully completing the building though there was delay in completion.

Concluding the message, CAG desired that this building should be maintained for its longevity through proper housekeeping and to improve its aesthetic image.