According to the CAG, the benchmark against which the auditors examine and assess the performance of the departments are not created by them, but by the government itself
New Delhi: Auditors are neither adversary nor fault finding experts but those who provide honest and objective feedback to the government without fear or favour, said Vinod Rai, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), reports PTI.
"Audit is not an adversary. Neither is it merely a fault finding mechanism. We like to see ourselves as providing an objective and balanced feedback to the government without fear or favour," Rai said while addressing the Accountants General here.
His comments come in the backdrop of criticism of CAG by government on its reports on coal block allocation and 2 G spectrums.
"We do not for a moment think that it is our business to tell the government what to do and what not to do. We tell the government, through our audit reports, whether departments were able to achieve what they set out to achieve," Rai said.
He said the benchmarks against which the auditors examine and assess the performance of the departments are not created by them, but by the government itself.
"If government lays down a policy, we see whether that policy is being implemented. Government lays down the rules, we see whether these rules are being followed," Rai said.
He said the CAG has been advising Government on the need to bolster internal audit mechanism within the departments.
Rai said financial statements are expected to provide a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the entity.
However, cash-based accounting system followed in India has ceased to reflect a true state of affairs of the governments as neither the assets nor the liabilities get properly reflected under the cash based system.
"Yet we have achieved very little progress towards an accrual based system which will provide a better idea of our assets and liabilities. We reiterate our commitment to continue our efforts towards implementation of accrual based system," he said.
Pawar said that availability of foodgrains stock in the country would not be a problem and in fact, India has surplus grains for exports as well
New Delhi: Foodgrains production in 2012-13 will be lower than last year's record output of 257.44 million tonnes but availability would be sufficient to meet domestic demand, India's Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said on Tuesday, reports PTI.
Addressing the Economic Editors Conference, he said the government would make efforts to compensate the projected fall in kharif foodgrains output during the ongoing rabi season.
"This year, production will definitely be less than last year. Last year was exceptional year, we had very good production," Pawar said when asked about the total foodgrains production estimate for 2012-13 crop year (July-June).
However, the minister said, that he does "not expect a major drop in foodgrains production" despite the erratic and delayed monsoon in some parts of the country this year.
Last month, the Agriculture Ministry had projected 10% fall in kharif foodgrains production at 117.18 million tonnes in view of poor rains and drought in more than 360 talukas in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
"Better rainfall in August and September has provided us an opportunity for good rabi (winter) season ahead. Moisture position is comparatively good and that's why we will be able to recoup kharif losses in the rabi season," he said, adding that monsoon deficit has come down to 6% now.
Pawar said that availability of foodgrains stock in the country would not be a problem and in fact, the country has surplus grains for exports as well.
In his opening remarks, Pawar said: "It is definitely a matter of pride for me, as the Agriculture Minister, to be associated with record foodgrains production for consecutive 2 years. We have been successful in exporting 10 million tonnes of rice and 2.5 million tonnes each of wheat and sugar."
As against the buffer requirement of around 21.2 million tonnes, the government has 70 million tonnes of stocks in the central pool, he added.
Tendulkar's suggestions include a roadmap for complete overhaul of the sports infrastructure at the university and college level
New Delhi: Batting maestro and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar has expressed his desire to work closely with the government to integrate sports into the education system, reports PTI.
39-year-old Tendulkar, in a letter to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal last week, has stressed on honing the potential of the younger generation and nurturing their talent as he felt that sports is being neglected in educational institutions, a senior HRD Ministry official said.
Tendulkar's suggestions include a roadmap for complete overhaul of the sports infrastructure at the university and college level, he said.
The batting legend has been invited by the Ministry to make a detailed presentation following which his suggestion on integration of sports with education would be looked into by NCERT and CBSE, he said.
The official said Sibal is keen on taking forward the proposal and is awaiting an early interaction with Tendulkar in this regard.
"We welcome Sachin Tendulkar's proposal and I have already written to him inviting him for a presentation," Sibal said.
One of the key suggestions could also include making sports a compulsory activity and infusing greater share of sports-related activities in the course curriculum to bring in more competitive spirit.
Ministry officials also seem to endorse Tendulkar's view on making sports a compulsory activity because at present it is only extra-curricular in nature.