Government takes measure to integrate state-co-operative sector audits


Biju Paravath

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala financial department is taking steps to appoint a senior officer to supervise various state government audits, local fund audits and co-operative audits under one body. Further, the performance audit of the local self-government bodies will come under this body.

For this, a new post, Director General of Audit (DGA), will soon be formed to oversee all the audits. IAS and Indian Audit and Accounts Service officers will be recommended for the post of Director-General of Audit.

Earlier, the first Pinarayi Vijayan ministry said that an independent audit commission would be constituted to oversee the audits of the local self-government. Meanwhile, the detailed report on forming a commission is before the finance department. However, plans for integrating audits do not come under the commission.

Currently, the Co-operative and local fund audits are characterised and examined in two different ways. Cooperation department officials said that the audit method used in the sector would have to be drastically changed for integration.

The detailed report prepared as part of the integration of audits cites a similar system currently used in Tamil Nadu.

In Goods and Services Tax, a system implemented by CAG is recommended as a model to follow. The Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department, is responsible for preparing the note regarding the DGA post and making the necessary amendments to the existing rules and regulations.

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