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Jammu Devt body has not given annual accounts for 37 yrs: CAG

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has indicted 29 J&K government and autonomous bodies for their failure to submit their annual accounts to it, among which the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) tops the list.



Jammu: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has indicted 29 J&K government and autonomous bodies for their failure to submit their annual accounts to it, among
which the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) tops the list.

"As many as 208 accounts of 29 such bodies were awaited for audit by CAG, out of which 10 bodies have received grant of Rs 234.76 crore during 2008-09 in Jammu and Kashmir," the CAG report said.

The amount of grants received by 19 bodies against 113 annual accounts were pending and are awaited for audit, it said, adding that seven autonomous bodies covered under the
Duties and Powers Act had also not furnished their annual accounts.

The Jammu Development Authority (JDA) tops the list of 29 organisations that have not submitted their annual reports. The organisation, which is meant for undertaking massive urban development of the capital city, has failed to submit its annual reports for the 37-year period from 1972 to 2009, the CAG report said.

The Srinagar Municipality is the second worst offender, as it has not submitted its accounts for the last 21 years, from 1988 to 2009, the CAG said, adding that the State
Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has not sent its accounts for audit for the past 14 years.

Similarly, the Kashmir Urban Development Agency, Srinagar, the Sheri-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) and the Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) have not submitted their annual financial statements for the past 10
years to the CAG.

Other organisations which have not submitted annual account statements include Kashmir University, the State Social Welfare Advisory Board (SSWAB), Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Jammu and Kashmir Sports Board, J&K Energy Development Authority, Jammu University, Lake and Waterways Development Authority and Sheri-e-Kashmir University of Science and Technology.

In addition, the J&K Khadi Village Industries Board, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Provident Fund Organisation, J&K Legal Services Authority, Jammu and Kashmir State Housing Board and District Rural Development Agency have
not given their annual reports to the CAG.

As per the CAG Act, the government and heads of departments, corporations, autonomous bodies and other organisations are required to furnish to audit detailed
accounts every year in order to verify the utilisation of financial assistance given to them.

PTI

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