Scientific Department

Report No. 17 of 2010 - Compliance Audit on Environment, Union Government Ministry of Environment and Forests

Date on which Report Tabled:
Fri 26 Nov, 2010
Date of sending the report to Government
Government Type
Union Department
Scientific Department
Sector Environment and Sustainable Development


Protection and conservation of the environment is increasingly becoming important, especially in light of observed climate change which has devastating consequences for the survival of humanity. In this context, effective environmental governance by the Executive is of utmost importance. Accordingly, the thrust of this Audit Report is to highlight issues relating to the adequacy and effectiveness of programmes, schemes and interventions made by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to tackle important environmental issues like deforestation, biodiversity, control of pollution etc. This Report also contains 37 specific recommendations. The findings of audit and the recommendations made in this Report are expected to enable the Executive to take corrective action as also to frame policies and directives that will lead to improved environmental governance.

Chapter 1, in addition to explaining the planning and extent of audit, provides a synopsis of general audit findings, the significant audit observations reported in Audit Reports, position of outstanding utilisation certificates, brief analysis of the expenditure of Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), significant deficiencies in accounts of autonomous bodies and the follow up of Audit Reports.

Chapters 2 to 5 present the findings/observations relating to environmental issues arising out of the audit of Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) which is the nodal ministry in the Government of India for environmental issues. The audit findings have been discussed under separate thematic headings relating to Afforestation, Biodiversity, Pollution Control and Environmental Education.

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