The Office of Director General of Audit has found huge financial irregularities in the functioning of the National Commission of Women (NCW), and summed up its performance as not serving its very purpose.
The latest audit report has found huge pendency in the disposal of complaints by the NCW. Out of the total 7,509 complaints received by the Commission during the period 2008-09, only 1,077 complaints (14 per cent) were disposed of, said the report. A shortfall of about 84 per cent in achievement of conferences/seminars against the target indicates slackness in the function of the NCW, added the report.
According to the report, the NCW entrusted the task of undertaking research studies and organising workshops and seminars on various issues to NGOs. However, in about 450-odd cases, utilisation certificates worth Rs 2 crore are still awaited from the NGOs, said the report. This is not the first time, said the audit report, adding, Similar observations were also included in the previous years inspection report, but no remedial action has been taken by the commission so far.
During the course of audit for the year 2008-09, the auditor also observed non-adjustment of advance payment of travel allowances amounting to Rs 23 lakh. Scrutiny of TA advance register reveals that in many cases, TA advance was given to the official without adjustment of the first advance. It is evident that there is no control mechanism over the TA advances, the report added.