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The internal audit organization was set up in Union Territory of Delhi w.e.f. 1st July, 1977.  It continued to work as one of the branches of Principal Accounts Organisation till 31st May, 1981.  It assumed independent entity w.e.f. 1st June, 1981 as the Directorate of Audit. The Directorate of Audit is headed by Principal Secretary (Finance) and is assisted by Spl. Secretary (Finance)  and  Controller of Accounts (Audit).

Standards of financial propriety : Every officer incurring or authorizing expenditure from public moneys should be guided by high standards of financial propriety. Every officer should also enforce financial order and strict economy at every step and see that all relevant financial rules and regulations are observed, by his own office and by Subordinate Disbursing Officers. Among the principles on which emphasis is generally laid are the following :-

  • Every officer is expected to exercise the same vigilance in respect of expenditure incurred from public moneys as a person of ordinary prudence would exercise in respect of expenditure of his own money.
  • The expenditure should not be prima facie more than the occasion demands.
  • No authority should exercise its powers of sanctioning expenditure to pass an order which will be directly or indirectly to its own advantage.
  • Expenditure from public moneys should not be incurred for the benefit of a particular person or a section of the people, unless-
    • A claim for the amount could be enforced in a Court of Law, or
    • The expenditure is in pursuance of a recognized policy or custom.
  • The amount of allowances granted to meet expenditure of a particular type should be so regulated that the allowances are not on the whole a source of profit to the recipients.
  • The responsibility and accountability of every authority delegated with financial powers to procure any item or service on Government account is total and indivisible. Government expects that the authority concerned will have the public interest uppermost in its mind while making a procurement decision. This responsibility is not discharged merely by the selection of the cheapest offer but must conform to the following yardsticks of financial propriety:-
    • Whether the offers have been invited in accordance with governing rules and after following a fair and reasonable procedure in the prevailing circumstances.
    • Whether the authority is satisfied that the selected offer will adequately meet the requirement for which it is being procured.
    • Whether the price on offer is reasonable and consistent with the quality required.
    • Above all, whether the offer being accepted is the most appropriate one taking all relevant factors into account and in keeping with the standards of financial propriety.
  • Whenever called for, the concerned authority must place on record in precise terms, the considerations which weighed with it while taking the procurement decision.