Report No. 5 of 2017 - General and Social Sector, Government of Kerala

Overview

This Report is divided into five chapters. Chapter I contains Introduction, Chapter II contains Performance Audit on ‘Functioning of Kerala Public Service Commission, Chapter III contains Performance Audit on ‘Functioning of Mahatma Gandhi University, Chapter IV contains Performance Audit on ‘Implementation of Government initiatives in Judicial system’ and Chapter V includes six Compliance Audit paragraphs.

Chapter II: The Performance Audit of the Functioning of Kerala Public Service Commission focussed on the performance of its mandated functions and duties. The Performance Audit revealed deficiencies in framing of Special Rules, reporting of vacancies and publishing of notifications, denial of selection for appointment to the Differently Abled and defects in rendering advice to Government.

Chapter III: The Performance Audit of the Functioning of Mahatma Gandhi University focussed on the academic activities and the financial management of Mahatma Gandhi University. The Performance Audit revealed that MGU had commenced courses without fulfilling norms laid down by Statutory Authorities. There was also delay in publication of results and issuing degree certificates. Teachers identified as Research Guides by MGU did not possess the eligibility criteria as prescribed by UGC. Failure to tap resources, loss of assistance and lapses in incurring expenditure was also noticed. 

Chapter IV: The Performance Audit of the Implementation of Government initiatives in Judicial system was conducted focussing mainly on the award of Thirteenth Finance Commission (ThFC) Grant to Kerala for improving Justice Delivery. The Performance Audit revealed under-utilisation of ThFC grant, foregoing of eligible share from Government of India (GOI), etc.

Chapter V: This Chapter contains a Compliance Audit on ‘Enforcement of fire safety provisions in respect of buildings by the Kerala Fire and Rescue Services Department’. Besides instances where funds released by the Government for creating public assets for the benefit of the community remained unutilised/blocked and/or proved unfruitful/unproductive due to indecisiveness, lack of administrative oversight and concerted action at various levels are also bought out in this Chapter

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