Defence ministry sets up committee to conduct performance & efficiency audit

The defence ministry has set up an apex committee to conduct “performance and efficiency” audit of capital procurements, logistics, inventory and maintenance of assets of the armed forces.

The committee, headed by the defence secretary, will advise Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on measures for overall improvement in strengthening of internal oversight and risk management framework in various aspects of functioning of the ministry.

The panel comprises vice chiefs of the three services, secretary defence (finance), chief of integrated staff committee, controller general of defence accounts and director general (acquisition) and other senior officials of the ministry, including representatives from the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

The setting up of the committee comes amid efforts to streamline the military procurement procedures and focus on enhancing the country’s overall combat readiness.

This kind of audit is expected to provide valuable inputs to the top management of the ministry of specific shortcomings, if any, in planning and execution of projects, and suggest systemic improvements in internal controls, soundness of financial procedures, identification of risk factors, etc.