New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Sunday questioned the government for transferring Rs 3000 crore relating to Defence pension to suspense head, as per the accounts for 2017-18.
In its report tabled in Parliament in the just-concluded Monsoon session, the Government Auditor pointed out the accounts of 2017-18 brought out that the initially booked expenditure of Rs 3000 crore relating to Defence pension was transferred to suspense head, which was indicative of erroneous depiction of expenditure on pension.
‘Audit scrutiny of Appropriation Accounts of Grant No 22-Defence Pensions for the year 2018-19 revealed that the Ministry had booked expenditure of Rs 5,000 crore in March 2019 but later on, the amount was transferred to Suspense head through Transfer Entry in March 2019,’ the financial watchdog said in its report.
The CAG further recommended that the matter be viewed with utmost seriousness and appropriate action taken against the concerned Accounting Authorities, who approved this manipulation in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Government accounting procedure permits the operation of intermediate booking of transactions in certain cases under ‘Suspense heads’.