Arunachal Pradesh to get CAG office

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Itanagar,May 30: Arunachal Pradesh is all set to have a full-fledged Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) office, which would be fully functional by July end this year.

Disclosing this to mediapersons yesterday, Shillong-based CAG's Principal Accountant General(Audit) Rajiv Sharma informed that the rented accommodation for the proposed office has already been finalized.

CAG's Shillong office has been conducting the statutory audit of the accounts of the state government, which henceforth would be done by the local office. The CAG report is placed every year in the state assembly.

Seven states of North East Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura already have CAG offices. Although senior deputy accountant general Ashok Sinha has been appointed here two years ago, the procedural problem caused the delay in opening the office, Mr Sharma clarified.

Highlighting the CAG statutory audit report for the year ending March 31, 2007, in which a number of departments came under the audit scanner, Mr Sharma said the report was presented in the recent budget session of the state assembly.

When asked if action had been initiated by the state government on the observations made by CAG on lapses of those government departments, he said the government was expected to soon submit an action-taken report.

''The CAG report is the property of assembly's public accounts committee (PAC) and the follow up is the responsibility of the PAC as well as the state assembly,;; he added.


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