Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Government has directed grama panchayats in the State to clear their backlog in preparing annual accounts before November 30.

Local Administration Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty said in a release here on Monday that the Government had introduced a one-time finalisation scheme for grama panchayats to clear the backlog in completing the income and expenditure details between 1997-98 and 2005-06. The Comptroller and Auditor General, Local Fund Audit Department and the Assembly committee concerned had pointed out several times about the delay in preparing accounts and the financial statement. The entire process should be completed before starting the work on the Eleventh Plan, he said.