CAG slams Kerala govt for 'mismanagement' of budget

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A screenshot of page number 99 of the CAG report, CM Pinarayi Vijayan (file photo) and former FM Thomas Isaac (presenting the 2019-20 state budget). | Photos: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The Government of Kerala has not implemented its annual budget, the Comptroller and Auditor General observed in its report for the financial year of 2019-20. Instead, the government increased the off-budget expenses, CAG noted.

"Audit observed that the expenditure was incurred without any provision in the original estimates/supplementary demands in 211 schemes included in 31 grants. Out of these, four grants had incurred expenditure above ₹100 crore without the authority of law," the report reads.

The government did not reply to the questions of the "balance outstanding to the tune of ₹374.39 crore," CAG alleged.

The auditors also found several 'misclassifications' such as: revenue expenditure as capital expenditure, charged expenditure as voted expenditure, capital expenditure under loan head of account and investment as capital expenditure.

The report also criticised that the reappropriation of funds were "excess of the actual requirement as the expenditure under these schemes either did not come up to the level of original/supplementary provision or the augmentation of funds through reappropriation is in excess of actual requirement."

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