The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has expressed its displeasure with the YCP government and Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy. The report presented in the AP Assembly has sparked outrage, with the CAG critiquing the policies of the YSRCP government.
The CAG has submitted audit reports for the financial year 2020-21, and one of its major contentions is the illegality of establishing village and ward secretariats. The CAG argues that the establishment of the village and ward secretariat system went awry without the involvement of elected public representatives.
According to the report, village and ward secretariats were established for decentralized governance without the formation of ward committees. The CAG has expressed frustration with the AP government, contending that the system of village and ward secretariats implemented in July 2019 has undermined the constitutional spirit.
The CAG has admonished that the establishment of village and ward secretariats at the grassroots level is detrimental to local self-governance. To promote self-governance, the CAG has recommended the formation of ward committees with public representatives.