CAG slams Assam for slow pace, lauds fiscal transparency

New Delhi: Assam government has been rapped by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for slow pace of various developmental programmes and absence of a proper monitoring mechanism for their proper implementation.

The CAG, in its latest report, also slammed the state government for failing to comply with various rules, directives and procedures in carrying out such programmes.

"State Government's compliance with various rules, procedures and directives was unsatisfactory as is evident from delays in furnishing utilisation certificates against the loans and grants from various grantee institutions," the CAG said.

Holding that there were instances of "losses and misappropriations" in implementation of various schemes by autonomous bodies and other authorities, the CAG said departmental inquiries in such cases should be expedited to punish the guilty.

Picking holes in implementation of the urban water supply scheme in the state, the CAG said the objective of the programme was defeated as most of the projects under it were not properly implemented.

"The state government under centrally sponsored and state plan schemes implemented water supply projects in various areas during 2004-09. The objective of providing safe drinking water to targeted beneficiaries was not fulfilled as only eight per cent projects were recorded to have been completed," the CAG said.

However, the report complimented the Assam government for doing well in establishing an institutional mechanism to ensure "fiscal transparency".