BHUBANESWAR: With the Comptroller and Auditor General taking serious objection to non-compliance of audit objections, all the Government departments were asked on Wednesday to comply with audit reports in time and take immediate action on the recommendations of the Public Accounts Committee.
Presiding over a highlevel meeting here, Chief Secretary BK Patnaik directed the Secretaries and heads of departments to collect the CAG report and clarify all the objections raised in the audit report by using modern means of communication to save the time required for submission of replies.
The issues regarding preparation of work plan, immediate submission of action taken report on PAC recommendations and audit reports, compliance on audit report and streamlining the departmental monitoring committees were discussed in the meeting.
It was decided that the departmental monitoring committee meetings will be held at least once a month to look into all the audit and inspection observations and take necessary steps on the recommendations made.
The Chief Secretary further directed to fix definite date for holding of such meetings every month in the respective departments.
The departmental committees have also been directed to hold the meetings with definite targets for compliance.
Departments having less pending cases have been directed to send compliance report to the office of the Accountant General (AG) by end of July and the departments having more number of pending cases were asked to complete the process by September.
The committee also resolved to have regular meetings between the A.G.
and Government departments to facilitate and expedite various processes involved in audit and compliance.
The administrative departments were further advised to feed the latest information to AG on regular basis for facilitating right assessment of the departmental expenditure during audit.
The Chief Secretary directed the heads of departments to have a dedicated officer to pursue the tasks relating to timely audit and compliance.
Principal Secretary, Finance Jugal Kishore Mohapatra presented the action points for discussion.
Secretaries of all the administrative departments along with other senior officers were present at the meeting.