Govt seeks monthly reports on delay in bill processing

Jammu, Dec 4: Emphasizing for devising an effective mechanism to track the timeline of bills from preparation to presentation in treasuries, Financial Commissioner Finance, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Wednesday directed the Treasury Officers to submit monthly reports regarding any undue delay in bill processing by the concerned officials.

Mehta was speaking in a meeting convened to review the functioning of Treasuries across J&K which was attended by Director General Accounts &Treasuries, M.Y Pandit; Director A&T Jammu, Iftikhar Ahmad Chauhan and all the Treasury Officers of Jammu division. Director A&T Kashmir, Azad Wani and Treasury Officers of Kashmir division participated in the meeting through video conferencing.

Mehta complimented the officers for clearing the genuine bills within 24 hours and asked them to continue working with the same people friendly approach.

He emphasised on maintaining financial discipline and underscored the need for inculcating it in daily business to make the process smooth and people-oriented.

The Financial Commissioner asked the officers to ensure that all the long pending audit paras raised by the Accountant General’s office should be replied within a month’s time.

The FC, while taking stock of issues and concerns of the employees, directed the concerned officers to conduct the DPC of sub-ordinate staff within a fortnight.

Mehta directed for creating 10 model treasury offices in J&K which would be equipped with all requisite facilities so that they could be replicated in other similar offices.

He stressed on creating clean and hygienic ambience besides improving the aesthetics in all the treasury offices across J&K as this creates a positive environment to work in.

Earlier, Director A&T informed the meeting that J&K is having 121 treasuries including 28 district treasuries, sub-treasuries and mufassil treasuries. Enumerating the audit paras treasury wise, he informed that 417 audit paras are pending in Kashmir and 197 in Jammu division. He said that replying of audit paras is a continuous process and treasury officers have been directed to clear the backlog of these audit paras within a month’s time.

He further informed that besides clearing the bills presented by the 6,309 DDOs, treasuries also aids in releasing pension in favour of 1,85,911 retired employees. He apprised the meeting that monthly remittances in favour of 1,12,904 New Pension System (NPS) employees have been uploaded for the month of October, 2019 amounting Rs 76.99 crore.

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