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Council yet to respond to CAG findings

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 10 � The North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council is yet to submit its response to the findings of the special audit of the accounts of the Council by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is yet to register cases into financial irregularities in all the departments of the Council.

In reply to a question by Phani Bhushan Choudhury (AGP), in the State Assembly today, the Minister in charge of Hill Areas Development, Khorsing Ingty said that the Government has received the preliminary findings of the special audit of the finances of the Council by the CAG. The Government has submitted its response to the CAG. But till date, the Council has not submitted its response on the findings of the CAG, the Minister said. The Government has sought the views of the Council on the inspection report of the CAG, he added.

Replying to a question on whether the Government would submit the CAG report on the financial dealings of the Council on the floor of the State Assembly, the Minister said that as per section 7(4) of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India, the reports of the CAG are submitted to the Governor. The same are submitted in the Council as per the order of the Governor.

Ingty further said that on the basis of the report of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the State Government requested the Centre for a probe by the CBI into the financial scam in the Council. The Central agency has registered cases into irregularities in five departments�PWD, Public Health Engineering, Agriculture, Soil Conservation and Social Welfare.

It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi recently announced that the Government would ask the CBI to probe into the financial irregularities in all departments of the Council , but from the reply of the Minister it is now clear that till date, the Central agency has registered cases regarding irregularities in only five departments.

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