Guwahati: All expenditure incurred in rural
development works would come under the CAG`s scrutiny from
next week because people have a right to know how the money
was being spent, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Friday.
"This is absolutely essential when hundred thousand crore
of rupees are spent by the government all over the country for
rural development. The people have a right to know...So the
expenditure has to be subjected to CAG audit," the Union Rural
Development Minister said.
"An announcement to this effect will be made next week,"
Ramesh told reporters here.
Stating that he had three rounds of discussions with the
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Ramesh said special
accountant generals would be assigned for auditing rural
The CAG would also conduct a performance audit of NREGA
scheme in eleven states irrespective of the political party in
power there, Ramesh said.
"I will demand the highest standards of transparency and
accountability in the expenditure of rural development funds,"
the minister said.