The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, November 30
Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan emphasized on the need for greater transparency and accountability to ensure proper utilization of people’s money besides stressing on making the Legislative Assembly Committees more effective and active for the same.
Addressing the representatives of various committees of the Vidhan Sabha and senior officers in connection with the audit week at the office of AG Punjab here today, Sandhwan said that the role of Legislative Assembly Committees and CAG is very important to ensure proper utilization of government expenditure. Emphasizing on the need for the various departments to discuss the audit paras within the stipulated time, he directed to ensure the presence of the heads of the departments/administrative Secretaries for the discussion of such matters so that the audit matters can be settled without any delay. He said that reforms in the audit process are necessary to live up to the trust of the people. Meanwhile, the member of various legislative committee presented their ideas to improve the audit system.
At the outset, Nazli J. Shayin, Accountant General (Audit), Punjab welcomed the Hon’ble Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Kultar Singh Sandhwan, along with members of legislative committees of Punjab, various dignitaries and officers on the occasion of celebration of 2nd Audit Diwas. She explained that CAG is mandated by the Constitution of India, to promote accountability, transparency, and good governance. She informed the importance of audit being conducted by the Audit teams to enable the respective offices made aware of the minutest rules and regulations. She has justified that the CAG and legislative committees are jointly responsible for public expenditure and fix accountability.
In the meeting S. Jai Krishan Singh, Dy. Speaker, Inderjit Kaur Mann, Member (Committee on PRIs), Budh Ram, Chairman, COPU, Dr. Balbir Singh, Member (Committee on Local Bodies), ManwinderSingh Giaspura, Member (COPU), Gurlal Ghanaur, Member (COPU), Sandeep Jakhar,Dr. Nacchttar Pal, Member (COPU), Sukhveer Singh Maiserkhana, Member (PAC), Sukhwinder Singh Kotli, Member (PAC), Jagroop Singh Gill, Chairman (Committee on Local Bodies), Gurdit Singh Sekhon, Member (COPU), Gurmeet Singh Khudian, Chairman (Committee on PRIs), Jagsir Singh, Member (Committee on PRIs), A.D.C Jaswinder Singh Ramdass, Member (Committee on PRIs), Daljit Singh Grewal, Surinder Pal, Secretary (Punjab Legislative Assembly), Amarjit Kaur, Ishwar Dutt Sharma, Ritu Sehgal ( All Under Secretary), Gurkirat Singh, Editor of Debates, Nazli J. Shayin, Accountant General, Randeep Kaur, Aujla, Sr. DAG, Harshit Todi, DAG, Ankush Kumar, DAG, Manmohan Thapar, DAG and Jagdish Kumar, Sr. Audit Officer were also present.