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Performance audit of MGNREGA will be placed by end of Winter Session: Jairam

New Delhi, Mon, 16 Apr 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Monday said the performance audit of MGNREGA for all the states will be placed before Parliament by the end of Winter Session of Parliament this year.

After his meeting with the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) here, Ramesh told the media that his ministry will receive the draft report by October end and by the last week of November, the report will be finalised to present it before Parliament.

"The performance audit of MGNREGA will cover the period from 2007 to 2011," he said, and informed that the Rural Development Ministry spends about 40,000 crore rupees each year on the job guarantee scheme.

Ramesh said the audit of Indira Aawas Yojana will be taken up next year and the audit system will be extended to other schemes of the ministry gradually.

He also informed that from this year, it will be compulsory for every Gram Panchayat to be certified by a Chartered Accountant, drawn up from a district level panel prepared by CAG.

"Given the popularity of convergence in MGNREGA, efforts will be made to follow it up more vigorously, but at the same time added that in the process of convergence, separate accounts of each schemes must be maintained, otherwise it will jeopardise the integrity of the audit system," said Ramesh.

"The ministry will revisit the convergence guidelines to make it more amenable to modern audit system," he added.

Referring to the problems due to different system of audits followed by Accountant Generals of the States in the Drinking Water Supply Scheme, Ramesh said that the CAG will ensure that all the states will follow the Tamil Nadu model of audit, which is an integrated system supervised by a board. (ANI)

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