DDOs delaying salaries put on notice

Srinagar, Sep 27: Jammu and Kashmir government has put drawing and disbursing officers (DDOs) on notice after employees of different departments complained about “deliberate delay” in releasing their salaries.

Sources said employees of health and medical education department, housing and urban development department, education and other departments have formally complained to higher authorities that DDOs were “deliberately” delaying their monthly salaries.

 

Taking serious note of the complaint, finance department on the directive of government warned the drawing and disbursing officers that any delay in release of salaries will be viewed seriously and the erring officers would face the action.

“It has been observed that most of the drawing and disbursing officers delay submission of the salary bills of their staff to the respective treasuries, even though the salary budget is available with the departments,” reads a finance department’s communiqué.

“All the drawing and disbursing officers are directed to strictly adhere to the rules. Any violation to rules shall invite strict action against the defaulting DDOs even seizure of DDOs powers,” the communiqué adds.

Finance department has told administrative secretaries to ensure that all DDOs shall present salary bills on designated day as per the rules. “Director Finance shall ensure that salary budget is available with every DDO. Director Finance shall furnish the list of defaulting DDOs to finance department every month,” reads the directive.

“For the purpose of check of bills at treasuries, these should be presented for payment three to six days, before the last date or the penultimate working day of the month,” it adds.

There are at presently 4.50 lakh state government employees and 1.60 lakh pensioners in Jammu and Kashmir.

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