Public Accounts Committee chairman Girish Bapat has lamented the governments failure to present action taken reports (ATRs) on matters raised by the committee and said the trend was worrying.
The PAC had submitted its report on matters raised about eight departments in the 2006-07 civil report of the CAG. The Maharashtra government should submit ATRs in these matters and ensure that it takes strict action. There would be no point in the PAC working if the government doesnt take strict action, Bapat said.
He said the government had not acted on 357 of the 609 recommendations made by the PAC,and added that there were four-five years delays in receiving replies from the departments concerned regarding observations made in the CAG report.
The PAC report has observed a 35 per cent vacancy in the state jail staff and over 22,792 vacancies in the police force. It has also observed that the government needs to ensure timely spending on funds for police equipment and modernisation.