Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Mizoram Assembly Deputy Speaker R Lalrinawma today said that the assembly panel has rejected the government proposal of constituting an enquiry committee to look into the alleged erroneous report of Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) of India on financial management of Mizoram government.
Speaking to reporters at his office chamber here, R Lalrinawma said that the Mizoram government has mulled over setting up of an enquiry committee headed by a high court retired judge to investigate into CAG report on the ground that there were many false or erroneous report on financial management of the state government.
The CAG report laid by Finance Minister Lalsawta in the one-day special session of the Assembly on May 25 this year underlined several irregularities and anomalies in financial management of Mizoram government. The state government on finding the report ‘not wholly correct’ or reliable, tried to constitute an enquiry committee to look into it, the deputy speaker said.
He however, said that the assembly panel rejected the proposal as the CAG report is under legislature domain.
Lalrinawma said that the CAG used to conduct audit on the financial management of the state government every year and prepared report on it. The copy of CAG report is given to all legislative members after it is laid by finance minister in the assembly. The legislative assembly will approve the state budget and the Assembly Public Account Committee will look into the report submitted by CAG in the assembly and accordingly it will suggest future course of action if the CAG report are found incorrect or erroneous, he said.
Citing that the CAG report is not final and binding, the deputy speaker said that it (CAG) is only filing report on its finding.
“The Public Accounts Committee headed by opposition member will investigate the report and hence submit recommendation to the state assembly for necessary action,” he said.
He said that the in-service employees and pensioners used to face legal punishment or action due to CAG report and the already expired or dead employees or pensioner usually escaped punishment.