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Meet to discuss CAG reports
June, 24th 2010

With several annual reports of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on various corruption charges gathering dust in state Legislatures, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has convened a meeting in New Delhi next month to discuss the issue.

Presiding officers of the Legislative Assemblies and chairmen of various public account committees of the state Legislatures will attend the meet on July 5.

Speaking to reporters during his maiden visit to Shillong today, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Vinod Rai said as the CAG has a constitutional mandate, the reports prepared by it needed to be taken seriously.

He said the public account committees examine the reports in details after the reports are placed in the legislatures.

Several NGOs in the state have recently expressed concern over lack of proper action on the part of public account committees of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly regarding various corruption charges as revealed in the CAG reports.

To a question on why no action was taken after the CAG unearthed several corruption cases, Rai said, A meeting has been scheduled in July convened by the Lok Sabha Speaker to be attended by CAG officers, Speakers of the Assemblies, and chairmen of PACs of all states to discuss the matter. According to Rai, some concrete solutions will emerge from the meeting.

On whether the yearly exercise of CAG placing reports in various Legislative Assemblies and parliament had yielded any positive results so far, Rai claimed that actions had been taken by various governments in the past.

After the CAG had tabled its 2009-10 audit report for Meghalaya in March this year in the state Assembly regarding the alleged misappropriation of public money by way of submission of fake TA bills by many legislators who had undertaken foreign tour, the matter was referred to the public account committee of the Assembly.

Speaker Charles Pyngrope was also part of the delegation, which had undertaken the foreign tour.

As the NGOs under the banner the Steering Committee Against Murder of Democracy were sceptical about the outcome of the inquiry by the public account committee, they filed an FIR before Sadar police station here on March 22 this year. The NGOs also met the state home minister H.D.R. Lyngdoh on Monday to find out the police investigation regarding the matter.

However, the reply of the home minister was that since the matter was referred to the public accounts committee, the government has to first wait for the report.

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