GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Finance
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CONTROLLER GENERAL OF ACCOUNTS
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1842
TO BE ANSWERED ON TUESDAY, 21ST JULY, 2009/ASADHA 30, 1931 (SAKA)
Formation of Anti Ragging Committees by Colleges
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether it is a fact that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had detected over Rs. 51,000 crores allocated to various Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and other organizations under Bharat Nirman and other flagship programmes of Government, that had been accounted for;
(b) whether the same has since been accounted for, if so, the details there of; and
(c) whether it is a fact that Social and Infrastructure Development Fund (SIDF) funds are being used for grants to Cultural organizations; if so, the details thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(NAMO NARAIN MEENA)
(a) & (b) : C&AG in the Report No. 13 on Union Government accounts for 2007-08, had made a reference to Statement No. 18 of Expenditure Budget Vol.1, 2008-09, which indicated a Budget provision (revised estimates 2007-08) of Rs. 51259.85 crores, for transfer of central plan assistance directly to State / district level autonomous bodies and authorities, societies, non-governmental organizations, etc. for implementation of centrally sponsored schemes. CAG had observed that the expenditure of Government of India was overstated to this extent.
In the system of accounting followed in Government of India, the “releases” of funds made by Government of India to such State / district level autonomous bodies and authorities, societies, non-governmental organizations etc. under various approved schemes are treated as expenditure in the books of Government of India, as per the accounting principles laid down on the advice of C&AG. Institutions or organizations receiving funds through such “releases” maintain subsidiary accounts as per General Financial Rules of Government. The accounts of all grantee Institutions or organizations are open to inspection by the sanctioning authority and C&AG.
Therefore, money released under Bharat Nirman and other flagship programmes of Government, is not unaccounted for;
(c) The funds for Social and Infrastructure Development Fund are utilized for implementation of social and infrastructure development initiatives undertaken by the Government, including institutes of Historical and Cultural significance. In 2007-08, an allocation of Rs. 50 crore was provided to Ministry of Culture from SIDF for development of Institutions that continue the work of Gandhiji and other constructive work including Nehru Memorial Museum Library.
Grant-in-aid to Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad (Rs. 10 crore); Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune (Rs. 5 crore); Nehru Memorial Museum & Library New Delhi (Rs. 20 crore); Gandhi Peace Foundation (Rs. 5 crore); Rajendra Smriti Sanghrahalaya, Patna (Rs. 10 crore) were provided during the year 2007-08 with the approval of Parliament.