State Finances Audit Report 2008-09 Sikkim

Date on which Report Tabled:
Tue 30 Mar, 2010
Date of sending the report to Government:
Government Type:
Sector Finance


This Report on the Finances of the Government of Sikkim is being presented to the State Legislature, along with the Finance and Appropriation Accounts, with a view to assess objectively the financial performance of the State during the year 2008-09. The aim of this Report is to provide the State Government with timely inputs based on actual data so that there is a better insight into both well performing as well as ill performing schemes/programmes of the Government. In order to give a perspective to the analysis, an effort has been made to compare the normative assessment made by the Finance Commission (TFC) as well as in the Budget estimates of2008-09. A comparison has been made to see whether the State has given adequate fiscal priority to the developmental, social sectors and capital expenditure as compared to other States in the country and whether the expenditure has been effectively absorbed by the intended beneficiaries.

Since these comments formed part of the Civil Audit Report, it was felt that the audit findings on State finances remained camouflaged in the large body of audit findings on compliance and performance audits. The obvious fallout of this well-intentioned but all-inclusive reporting was that the financial management portion of these findings did not receive proper attention. In recognition of the need to bring State finances to centre-stage once again, a stand-alone Report on State Government finances is considered an appropriate audit response to this challenge. Accordingly, from the report year 2009 onwards, Comptroller and Auditor General of India has decided to bring out a separate volume titled "Report on State Finances."

The Report Based on the audited accounts of the Government of Sikkim for the year ending March 2009, this Report provides an analytical review of the Annual Accounts of the State Government. The Report is structured in three Chapters. Chapter 1 is based on the audit of Finance Accounts and makes an assessment of the Government of Sikkim's fiscal position as on 31 March 2009. It provides an insight into trends in committed expenditure, borrowing pattern besides a brief account of Central funds transferred directly to the State implementing agencies through off-budget route. Chapter 2 is based on audit of Appropriation Accounts and gives the grant-by-grant description of appropriations and the manner in which the allocated resources were managed by the service delivery departments. Chapter 3 is an inventory of Sikkim Government's compliance with various reporting requirements and financial rules. This chapter also provides details on non-submission of annual accounts and also delay in placement of Separate Audit Reports in the Legislature by the Autonomous Bodies. Besides, the cases of misappropriation and losses that indicate inadequacy of controls in the Government departments are also detailed in this chapter. The report also has an appendage of additional data collated from several sources in support of the findings.

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