Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday said the office of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India had agreed to appoint Accountants Generals in important and big states in India for monitoring the implementation of the Rural Development schemes.
Talking to reporters, Ramesh said his ministry was second after Defence in terms of annual budgetary provisions which was to the tune of Rs 90,000 crore.
"For audit and monitoring of the rural development schemes, the CAG has agreed to appoint Accountants General in important and big states," he said.
He expected that such Accountant Generals would start functioning by end of this year in all the states, even in the states ruled by Congress and NDA.
Referring to corruption in implementation of MNREGA, Ramesh said "there are complaints of bungling at several places."
He said chief minister Nitish Kumar had on Friday informed him about the misuse and bungling of funds being sent to panchayats directly for MNREGA. "CM has accepted the irregularities in MNREGA, it is a matter of surprise now now that even mukhiyas are using scorpio and bolero like vehicles," he lamented.
Ramesh also suggested the state government to take a lesson from the states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh where Self-Help Groups (SHGs) were functioning exceedingly well towards implementation of National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).