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Finance Ministry violated own instructions on secret service expenditure, says CAG report

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The violated its own instructions in two cases about prior approval of CAG before concurring with re-appropriation orders for increasing funds under "Secret Service Expenditure", an audit report tabled in said on Tuesday.

The report of the for 2017-18 said the had stated earlier that any re-appropriation of funds, which increases the provision '41-Secret Service Expenditure' by 25 per cent or more of the original provision in the grant, should be done only with the prior approval of CAG.

"The audit observed two instances where violated its own orders regarding prior approval of CAG before re-appropriation," the report said.

It said total original provision as a whole under '41-Secret Service Expenditure' pertaining to police under for 2017-18 was Rs 163.65 crore.

The report said that issued a re-appropriation order of Rs 150 crore in January last year to increase the provision under the above with the approval of the

Citing another instance, the report said the original provision pertaining to 'cabinet' under was only Rs 5 crore.

It said the Home Ministry issued a re-appropriation order on February 7 last year of Rs 1.25 crore to increase the provision under '41-Secret Service Expenditure' with approval of Finance Ministry.

In its reply to the Comptroller and Auditor General, the ministry said that it is the responsibility of the department concerned to get the approval of the CAG before re-appropriation.

"The reply is not acceptable, as it is the responsibility of Ministry of to ensure that the increase in secret service expenditure over the Budget provision concurs with the prior approval of the CAG," said the report.



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 15:40 IST