Bihar will soon have a State Audit Advisory Board to suggest to the principal accountant general (Audit) ways to enhance the scope and efficiency of audit of public expenditure.
The office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has advised the state’s PAG (Audit) A K Singh to constitute such a board by September 30 this year.
The move is expected to facilitate a closer watch by the office of the PAG (Audit) on the way development funds are expended by the authorities in the state and its various bodies.
When contacted, the PAG (Audit) confirmed the development. “The board will advise my office on audit planning and on what new subjects can be taken up for audit to ensure greater accountability in public expenditure,” Singh told HT.
The CAG move comes at a time when audit objections running into hundreds of crores of rupees remain unresolved in the state. In many instances, the authorities concerned have not responded to audit references.
While officials were not in a position to put immediately a figure to the amount involved in the pending civil audit objections, the unreconciled figure for urban local bodies and panchayati raj institutions was pegged at over Rs 888 crore.
As per its draft guidelines, the proposed state-level board will have 10 members drawn from various walks of life. These will be in addition to the PAG, the AG and the senior deputy accountant general (DAG).
The 10 members will include retired judges, bureaucrats and institutional members such as the official body of chartered accountants, jurists and other legal personnel.
Only such persons as below the age of 70 and normally resident in the state of Bihar will qualify to become members of the proposed state-level Audit Board.