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THE COAL BEARING AREAS (ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT) AMENDMENT AND VALIDATION ACT, 1971

Title : THE COAL BEARING AREAS (ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT) AMENDMENT AND VALIDATION ACT, 1971

Year : 1971



(1) The Comptroller and Auditor-General shall be responsible-

(a) For compiling the accounts of the Union and of each State from the initial and subsidiary accounts rendered to the audit and accounts offices under his control by treasuries, offices or departments responsible for the keeping of such accounts; and

(b) For keeping such accounts in relation to any of the matters specified in clause (a) as may be necessary:

1*[Provided that the President may, after consultation with the
Comptroller and Auditor-General, by order, relieve him from the responsibility for compiling-

(i) The said accounts of the Union (either at once or gradually by the issue of several orders) ; or

(ii) The accounts of any particular services or departments of the

Provided further that the Governor of a State may, with the previous approval of the President and after consultation with the
Comptroller and Auditor-General, by order, relieve him from the responsibility for compiling-

(i) The said accounts of the State (either at once or gradually by the issue of several orders) ; or

(ii) The accounts of any particular services or departments of the State :]

2*[Provided also] that the President may, after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor-General, by order, relieve him from the responsibility for keeping the accounts of any particular class or character.

(2) Where, under any arrangement a person other than the Comp-
troller and Auditor-General has, before the commencement of this Act, been responsible-

(i) For compiling the accounts of any particular service or department of the Union or of a State, or

(ii) For keeping the accounts of any particular class or character, such arrangement shall, notwithstanding anything contained in subsection (1), continue to be in force unless, after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor-General, it is revoked in the case referred to in clause (i), by an order of the President or the
Governor of the State, as the case may be, and in the case referred to in clause (ii), by an order of the President.

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1 Subs. by Act 58 of 1976, s. 2, for the first proviso (w.e.f. 1-3-
1976).

2 Subs. by s. 2, ibid., for "Provided further" (w.e.f. 1-3-1976).

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The Comptroller and Auditor-General shall, from the accounts complied by him or 1*[by the Government or any other person responsible In that behalf], prepare in each year accounts (including, in the case of accounts compiled by him, appropriation accounts) showing under the respective heads the annual receipts and disbursements for the purpose of the Union, of each State and of each Union territory having a Legislative Assembly, and shall submit those accounts to the President or the Governor of a
State or Administrator of the Union territory having a Legislative
Assembly, as the case may be, on or before such dates as he may, with the concurrence of the Government concerned, determine:

2*[Provided that the President may, after consultation with the
Comptroller and Auditor-General, by order, relieve him from the responsibility for the preparation and submission of the accounts relating to annual receipts and disbursements for the purpose of the Union or of a Union territory having a Legislative Assembly:

Provided further that the Governor of a State may, with the previous approval of the President and after consultation with the
Comptroller and Auditor-General, by order, relieve him from the responsibility for the preparation and submission of the accounts relating to annual receipts and disbursements for the purpose of the State.]

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1 Subs. by Act 58 of 1976, s. 3, for certain words (w.e.f. 1-3-1976).

2 Ins. by s. 3, ibid. (w.e.f. 1-3-1976).

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The Comptroller and Auditor-General shall, in so far as the accounts, for the compilation or keeping of which he is responsible, enable him so to do, give to the Union Government, to the State Governments or to the Governments of Union territories having Legislative Assemblies, as the case may be, such information as they may, from time to time, require,and render such assistance in the preparation of their annual financial statements as they may reasonably ask for.




It shall be the duty of the Comptroller and Auditor-General-

(a) To audit all expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of India and of each State and of each Union territory having a Legislative Assembly and to ascertain whether the moneys shown in the accounts as having been disbursed were legally available for and applicable to the service or purpose to which they have been applied or charged and whether the expenditure conforms to the authority which governs it;

(b) To audit all transactions of the Union and of the States relating to Contingency Funds and Public Accounts

(c) To audit all trading, manufacturing, profit and loss accounts and balance-sheets and other subsidiary accounts kept in any department of the Union or of a State; and in each case to report on the expenditure, transactions or accounts so audited by him.



1*(1) Where any body or authority is substantially financed by grants or loans from the Consolidated Fund of India or of any State or of Union territory having a Legislative Assembly, the Comptroller Auditor-General shall, subject to the provisions of any law for being in force applicable to the body or authority, as the case audit all receipts and expenditure of that body or authority and to him port on the receipts and expenditure audited by him.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section the
Comptroller and Auditor-General may, with the previous approval of the President or the Governor of a State or the Administrator of a Union territory having a Legislative Assembly, as the case may be, audit all receipts and expenditure of any body or authority where the grant or loan to such body or authority from the Consolidated Fund of India or of any State, or of any Union territory having a Legislative Assembly, as the case may be, in a financial year is not less than rupees one crore.

(3) Where the receipts and expenditure of any body or authority are, by virtue of the fulfillment of the conditions specified in sub-
section (1) or sub-section (2), audited by the Comptroller and
Auditor-General in a financial year, he shall continue to audit the receipts and expenditure of that body or authority for a further period of two years notwithstanding that the conditions specified in sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) are not fulfilled during any of the two subsequent years.

Explanation.-Where the grant or loan to a body or authority from the Consolidated Fund of India or of any State or of any Union territory 1*having a Legislative Assembly in a financial year is not less than [rupees twenty five lakhs] and the amount of such grant or loan is not less than seventy five per cent of the total expenditure of that body or authority, such body or authority shall be deemed, for the purposes of 1*[this sub-section] to be substantially financed by such grants or loans as the case may be.

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1.Remembered, subs. and ins. by Act 2 of 1984, s.3.

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(1) Where any grant or loan is given for any specific purpose from the Consolidated Fund of India or of any State or of any Union territory having a Legislative Assembly to any authority or body, not being a foreign State or international Organisation, the Comptroller and Auditor-General shall scrutinise the procedures by which the sanctioning authority satisfies itself as to the fulfilment of the conditions subject to which such grants or loans were given and shall for this purpose have right of access, after giving reasonable previous notice, to the books and accounts of that authority or body:

Provided that the President, the Governor of a State or the
Administrator of a Union territory having a Legislative Assembly, as the case may be, may, where he is of opinion that it is necessary so to do in the public interest, by order, relieve the Comptroller and
Auditor-General, after consultation with him, from making any such scrutiny in respect of any body or authority receiving such grant or loan.

(2) Except where he is authorised so to do by the President, the
Governor of a State or the Administrator of a Union territory having legislative Assembly, as the case may be, the Comptroller and Auditor General shall not have, while exercising the powers conferred on him by sub-section (1), right of access to the books and accounts of an corporation to which any such grant or loan as is referred to in sub-section (1) is given if the law by or under which such corporation has been established provides for the audit of the accounts of such corporation by an agency other than the Comptroller and Auditor-General:

Provided that no such authorisation shall be made except after consultation with Comptroller and Auditor-General and except after giving the concerned corporation a reasonable opportunity of making representations with regard to the proposal to give to the Comptroller and Auditor-General right of access to its books and accounts.



It shall be the duty of the Comptroller and Auditor-General to audit all receipts which are payable into the Consolidated Fund of India and of each State and of each Union territory having a Legislative Assembly and to satisfy himself that the rules and procedures in that behalf are designed to secure an effective check on the assessment, collection and proper allocation of revenue and are being duly observed and to make for this purpose such examination of the accounts as he thinks fit and report thereon.




The Comptroller and Auditor-General shall have authority to audit and report on the accounts of stores and stock kept in any office or department of the Union or of a State.



(1) The Comptroller and Auditor-General shall in connection with the performance of his duties under this Act, have authority-

(a) To inspect any office of accounts under the control of the Union or of a State, including treasuries and such offices responsible for the keeping of initial or subsidiary accounts, as submit accounts to him;

(b) To require that, any accounts, books, papers and other documents which deal with or from the basis of or are otherwise relevant to the transactions to which his duties in respect of audit extend, shall be sent to such place as he may appoint for his inspection ;

(c) To put such questions or make such observations as he may consider necessary, to the person in charge of the office and to call for such information as he may require for the preparation of any account or report which it is his duty to prepare.

(2) The person in charge of any office or department, the accounts of which have to be inspected and audited by the Comptroller and Auditor-General, shall afford all facilities for such inspection and, comply with requests for information in as complete a form as possible and with all reasonable expedition.



(1) The duties and powers of the Comptroller and Auditor General in relation to the audit of the accounts of Government companies shall be performed and exercised by him in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956).

(2) The duties and powers of the Comptroller and Auditor-General in relation to the audit of the accounts of corporations (not being companies) established by or under law made by Parliament shall be performed and exercised by him in accordance with the provisions of the respective legislations.

(3) The Governor of a State or the Administrator of a Union territory having a Legislative Assembly may, where he is of opinion that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, request the
Comptroller and Auditor-General to audit the accounts of a corporation established by law made by the Legislature of the State or of the Union territory, as the case may be, and where such request has been made, the Comptroller and Auditor-General shall audit the accounts of such corporation and shall have, for the purposes of such audit, right of access to the books and accounts of such corporation:

Provided that no such request shall be made except after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor-General and except after giving reasonable opportunity to the corporation to make representations with regard to the proposal for such audit.


19A.Laying of reports in relation to accounts of Government companies and corporations.

1*(1) The reports of the Comptroller and Auditor-General, in relation to the accounts of a Government company or a corporation referred to in section 19, shall be submitted to the Government or Governments concerned.

(2) The, Central Government shall cause every report received by it under sub-section (1) to be laid, as soon as may be after it is received, before each House of Parliament.

(3) The State Government shall cause every report received by it under, sub-,section (1) to be laid as soon as may be after it is received, before the Legislature of the State.

Explanation
.-For the purposes of this section, "Government" or
"State Government", in relation to a Union territory having a Legis-
lative Assembly, means the Administrator of the Union territory.

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1. Ins. by Act 2 of 1984, s.4.

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(1) Save as otherwise provided in section 19, where the audit of the accounts of any body or authority has not been entrusted to the Comptroller and Auditor-General by or under any law made by Parliament, he shall, if requested so to do by the President or the Governor of a State or the Administrator of a Union territory having a Legislative Assembly, as the case may be, undertake the audit of the accounts of such body or authority on such terms and conditions
as may be agreed upon between him and the concerned Government and shall have, for the purposes of such audit, right of access to the books and accounts of that body or authority:

Provided
that no such request shall be made except after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor-General.

(2)The Comptroller and Auditor-General may propose to the
President or the Governor of a State or the Administrator of a Union territory having a Legislative Assembly, as the case may be, that he may be authorised to undertake the audit of the accounts of any body or authority, the audit of the accounts of which has not been entrusted to him by law, if he is of opinion that such audit is necessary because a substantial amount has been invested in, or advanced to, such body or authority by the Central or State Government or by the Government of a Union territory having a Legislative Assembly, and on such request being made, the President or the Governor or the Administrator, as the case may be, may empower the Comptroller and Auditor-General to undertake the audit of the accounts of such body or authority.

(3) The audit referred to in sub-section (1) or sub-section (2)
shall not be entrusted to the Comptroller and Auditor-General except where the President or the Governor of a State or the Administrator of a Union territory having a Legislative Assembly, as the case may be, is satisfied that it is expedient so to do in the public interest and except after giving a reasonable opportunity to the concerned body or authority to make representations with regard to the proposal for such audit.
Last updated on June, 2016

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