THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA
1. We have audited the accompanying financial statements of Allahabad Bank as at 31st March, 2013, which comprise the Balance Sheet as at March 31, 2013, and Profit and Loss Account and the Cash Flow Statement for the year then ended, and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information. Incorporated in these financial statements are the returns of 20 branches audited by us and 878 branches audited by branch auditors, 1 overseas branch audited by local auditor. The branches audited by us and those audited by other auditors have been selected by the Bank in accordance with the guidelines issued to the Bank by the Reserve Bank of India. Also incorporated in the Balance Sheet and the Statement of Profit and Loss are the returns from 1900 branches and offices which have not been subjected to audit. These unaudited branches account for 9.71 per cent of advances, 28.80 per cent of deposits, 6.37 per cent of interest income and 23.13 per cent of interest expense.
Management`s Responsibility for the Financial Statements
2. Management is responsible for the preparation of these financial statements in accordance with Banking Regulation Act, 1949. This responsibility includes the design, implementation and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation of the financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
3. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with the Standards on Auditing issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Those Standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement.
4. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor`s judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the Bank`s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of the accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.
5. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion.
6. In our opinion, as shown by books of bank, and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us: i. the Balance Sheet, read with the notes thereon is a full and fair Balance Sheet containing all the necessary particulars, is properly drawn up so as to exhibit a true and fair view of state of affairs of the Bank as at 31st March 2013 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in India; ii. the Profit and Loss Account, read with the notes thereon shows a true balance of profit, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in India, for the year covered by the account; and iii. the Cash Flow Statement gives a true and fair view of the cash flows for the year ended on that date.
Emphasis of Matter
7. Without qualifying our opinion, we draw attention to note no. 5.13 of Schedule 18 which describes deferment of pension liability and gratuity liability due to increase in ceiling to the extent of Rs.298.96 crores pursuant to the exemption granted by the Reserve Bank of India to the public sector banks from application of the provisions of AS 15 `Employees Benefits` vide its circular No DBOD.BP.BC/80/21.04.018/2010-11 dated February 9th, 2011, on reopening of pension option to employees of public sector banks.
Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements
8. The Balance Sheet and the Profit and Loss Account have been drawn up in Forms "A" and "B" respectively of the Third Schedule to the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
9. Subject to the limitations of the audit indicated in paragraph 1 to 5 above and as required by the Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1970, and subject also to the limitations of disclosure required therein.
We report that :
a. We have obtained all the information and explanations which to the best of our knowledge and belief, were necessary for the purposes of our audit and have found them to be satisfactory.
b. The transactions of the Bank, which have come to our notice have been within the powers of the Bank.
c. The returns received from the offices and branches of the Bank have been found adequate for the purposes of our audit.
10. In our opinion, the Balance Sheet, Profit and Loss Account and Cash Flow Statement comply with the applicable accounting standards.
|For M. C. Jain & Co.||For N. K. Bhargava & Co.||Chartered Accountants|
|Chartered Accountants||Chartered Accountants|
|(Mukesh Kumar Patawari)||(K. K. Bhargava)||Membership No.-77010|
|Partner||Partner||F.R. No: 000451N|
|Membership No.-056623||Membership No.-016307|
|F.R. No: 304012 E||FR No: 00429N|
|Chartered Accountants||Chartered Accountants|
|(V.K.Khandelwal)||(Raman Hangekar)||(P. Sarath Kumar)|
|Place : Kolkata||Membership No.-70546||Membership No.-021755|
|Date : 07.05.2013||F.R. No: 01311C||F.R. No: 101048W||FR No: 05120S|
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