New Delhi, Dec 6, 2023- In a significant move to ensure transparency and accountability, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to conduct a comprehensive audit of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) spanning the last 15 years. This decision comes in response to growing concerns about financial irregularities within the Delhi Jal Board, raising questions about the appropriate utilization of public funds.
CM Kejriwal, known for his commitment to clean governance, emphasized that the misuse of public funds will not be tolerated under his administration. The decision to initiate a CAG audit aims to bring clarity to the financial management of the Delhi Jal Board and address any potential discrepancies.
While the Finance Department has expressed general concerns regarding financial mismanagement, it has not identified specific instances of financial improprieties or implicated any officials. This lack of concrete evidence underscores the necessity of a CAG audit, which will provide an independent and thorough examination of the Delhi Jal Board’s financial practices.
Water Minister Atishi highlighted that the CAG audit aligns with Section 69 of the DJB Act and Section 19(3) of the CAG (Duties, Power, and Conditions of Services) Act. These legal provisions empower the CAG to scrutinize the financial affairs of government bodies, ensuring compliance with established norms and standards.
The move to conduct a CAG audit reflects the Delhi government’s commitment to upholding the highest standards of governance and financial transparency. The results of the audit are anticipated to shed light on the financial health of the Delhi Jal Board and provide insights into any areas requiring improvement.