Ever been to the CAG website? Its of interest because it provides useful data on how select government departments are doing with tax payer's money. Look at this report on NAL (National Aero Lab) for example, and see how CAG details NAL's failure to meet its targets. Or see this report on allotment of housing by DDA. Don't we wish Karnataka too had a CAG like body to audit the likes of BDA and BBMP?
Well, I looked around and found that our state too has an Accountant General - see website of AG Karnataka. I looked hard for some recent reports on this website, latest I could find are from 2006.
The website, by the language on its homepage, seems to focus on provident fund and pensions. But I don't think that's all AG Karnataka is supposed to do. Since September 2004, there is an Office of the Principal Accountant General (Civil & Commercial Audit), short form Pr AG (C&CA), and its role includes:
- Audit of expenditure of the State Government except the Public Works and Forest Departments
- Audit of State Government Companies, Corporations, Departmental Commercial Undertakings and Autonomous bodies
- Audit of expenditure of some Central Departments and Offices of the Union Government and Autonomous bodies located in Karnataka which have been assigned to this Office
- Preparation of Audit Reports on the Civil Departments and Public Sector Undertakings of the Government of Karnataka including Departmental Commercial Undertakings
So now, where are these audit reports? IF AG Karnataka has been preparing them regularly (I bet they do), why are the reports online? And, can we, as taxpaying citizens, request AG Karnataka for audit reports on performance of certain departments or undertakings of state government?
Any idea anyone? Honestly, I don't know this stuff well enough, just trying to learn around.
PS: Reference for Pr AG (C&CA) Karnataka's duties - http://www.agkar.cag.gov....