ABOUT US -A BRIEF
The offices of the Accountants General, Meghalaya have a history dating back to 1910 when the office of the Comptroller, Assam was established at Shillong. It gained the status of an Accountant General’s office in 1952 and functioned as a composite Audit and Accounts office of the then undivided State of Assam. With the creation of the States of Nagaland, Tripura and Manipur the geographical jurisdiction of the Accountant General’s office at Shillong was reduced, with the setting up of Accountants General offices in the state capitals of these three States in 1973. In March 1984 the Indian Audit & Accounts Department was bifurcated into the Audit Wing and the Accounts & Entitlement (A&E) Wing and four Accountants General offices, all with headquarters at Shillong, were created, viz., offices of the (i) Principal Accountant General (Audit) Assam (ii) Accountant General (A&E) Assam (iii) Principal Accountant General (Audit) Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram and (iv) Accountant General (A&E) Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.
In course of time, the offices of the Accountants General, Assam shifted from Shillong to Guwahati. With the creation of new Accountants General offices for Mizoram at Aizawl and Arunachal Pradesh at Itanagar in April 2006, the two Accountants General offices at Shillong were redesignated as the offices of the Principal Accountant General (Audit) Meghalaya and Accountant General (A&E) Meghalaya.
The Accountants General function under the powers vested in the Comptroller and Auditor General of India by the Constitution of India and the Comptroller & Auditor General's Duties, Powers and Conditions of Services (DPC) Act, 1971.
The function of the Principal Accountant General (Audit), Meghalaya is to conduct audit and compile the findings of audit in the form of an Audit Report for the State of Meghalaya and to submit the Report to the Governor for placing it in the State Legislature under Article 151 of the Constitution of India. His audit jurisdiction extends to all departments, directorates, offices, local bodies and public sector undertakings of the Government of Meghalaya including residential offices (Meghalaya Houses) of the State Government operating in other States.
The Accountant General (A&E), Meghalaya is responsible for compiling and preparing the accounts of the Government of Meghalaya in accordance with Articles 149 and 151 of the Constitution of India read with Section 11 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (DPC) Act,1971. In addition, the Accountant General (A&E), Meghalaya also discharges “entitlement” functions, viz., authorising pay and allowances of the Governor, Ministers, Members of the State Legislature, Gazetted Officers of the State Government; authorising pension to all employees of the Government of Meghalaya; maintaining the Provident Fund Accounts and Loan Accounts (house building advance, motor car advance, computer advance) of all employees of the State Government.