President: Standing committees could examine Ministries not audited by PAC

Priya sundarajan | | Updated on: Oct 20, 2016
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In a bid to improve accountability and functioning of government agencies, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday proposed that all Ministries and departments that are not audited by the Public Accounts Committee should be examined by their related Parliamentary Standing Committees.

Though the departmentally related Standing committees were originally entrusted to make suggestion on the Budget and post-factor scrutiny of Budget proposals, Mukherjee said that the proposed scrutiny by them of the Ministries will create “additional responsibility”.

“But this can be done only after consensus by all political parties,” he said at the Accountants General Conference by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, and requested Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to take up the proposal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Meanwhile, addressing the conference, Mahajan said that CAG should also look into the roll out of the goods and services tax (GST). “The CAG should examine, give feedback and guide stakeholders to ensure that the expected economic benefit takes place,” she said.

Published on January 16, 2018

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