Government auditor CAG has said the Jammu & Kashmir government has continuously failed to "regularise" a whopping Rs 90,198.17 crore expenditure incurred cumulatively over the period from 1980 through 2012.
The aggregate excess expenditure requiring regularisation by the state legislature stands at Rs 90,198.17 crore as on March 31, 2012, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in its report for the year ended March 31, 2012.
Giving further details, it said Finance Department has failed to regularise Rs 227.90 crore in 1980-81 for 16 grants and appropriations, followed by Rs 41.99 crore in 1981-82, Rs 119.74 crore in 1982-83 to Rs 6,130.76 crore in 2010-11 and Rs 5,638.79 crore in 2011-12.
The highest amount of Rs 12,954 crore is pending for regularisation in case of 16 grants and appropriations in 2005-06 followed by Rs 9,770.53 crore in 18 grants and appropriations in 2003-04.
The report, which was tabled in the assembly recently, further revealed that as per the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, it is mandatory for any government to get its excess grant/appropriation approved by the state legislature.
Although no time limit for regularisation of excess expenditure is prescribed in the statutes, regularisation of excess expenditure is done after completion of discussions of the appropriation accounts by the state assembly, CAG said.
The report further said the state finance department has been continuously failing to follow the advice of the principal accountant general during these years. It also pointed out it has not been even getting the demand for grants approved by the assembly.
Similarly, CAG has also pointed towards failure of the submission of Detailed Countersigned contingent (DC) Bills against Abstract Contigent (AC) Bills amounting to Rs 1,837 crore by Various Drawing and disbursing Officers (DDOs) of 41 departments during 1995-2012.
The matter was taken up with the Government from time to time and despite issuance of instructions in this regard by the State Finance Department, the DDOs did not furnish the pending DC bills, it said.