Bhubaneswar, Dec 4 (LocalWire) Odisha has yet to submit utilisation certificate for utilisation of Rs. 1044 crore it received from the central government, if the latest audit report of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has any indication.
The breakup of the government departments, who defaulted in furnishing the certificate since one decade or more, are Panchayati Raj (Rs 421.84 crore), Revenue & Disaster Management (Rs 200.17 crore), Housing & Urban Development (Rs 180.57 crore) and Planning and Convergence Departments (Rs 139.83 crore)).
These four departments alone accounted for 90.19 per cent of the amount for which UCs were pending, the report said.
The submission of UCs was a continuous process. Money from Centre and State is forwarded to the implementing agencies.
The implementing agencies always consume time for spending the money.
They adhere to the required formalities and then submit the UC, which enables them to get next tranche of release of funds, said officials of Planning and Convergence Department.
Hence, at any point of time, there would be some pendency in submission of Utilisation Certificate.
Review of Department-wise pendency of Utilisation Certificates was, however, being made at the level of Finance Secretary regularly with the objective to improve the UC position, they added.
The position with regard to submission of UCs had, however, not improved so far. High pendency of UCs is fraught with the risk of misappropriation and diversion of funds and fraud, the CAG however observed in its report.