Govt Issues Slew Of Directions To Streamline Spending By Departments

Srinagar, March 06 : In a bid to streamline spending in government departments to avoid last minute rush of expenditure, the J&K administration on Friday issued slew of directions for strict adherence by all the Administrative Departments, Head of the Departments (HODS), Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) and all the Treasury Officers (TOs):

As per an order issued by Financial Commissioner, the Finance Department shall not consider any additionality and liability at this stage as the budget of 5 months (31st Oct. 2019 to 31′ March, 2020) of 2019-20 has been adopted and released in full.

Any proposal regarding release of matching share, if any, proportional to the CSS share released by the Government of India and received by the Administrative Departments shall be submitted, with documentary proof, by or before March 12, said the order, a copy of which lies with Global News Agency.

“Rush on expenditure on procurement shall be avoided during the last month of the year so as to ensure that all procedures are complied with and there is no infructuous or wasteful expenditure.”

Director Finance(s) and Financial Advisor(s) have been advised to specially monitor the aspect in their respective departments. “Proposal for advance drawal, authorization of funds, if any, pertaining to financial year 2019-20 shall be submitted to the Finance Department well before 15th of March,” the order said. No advance Drawal, Authorization proposal shall be processed beyond March 15, it added. Proposals for parking of funds in “Civil Deposits” in order to avoid lapsing of funds shall not be entertained and processed, it said further.

“Issuance of hundies stands already banned. The Departments are advised not to move any proposal in this regard. Treasury Officers will not entertain any bill/cheque for payment after working hours on 26th March, 2020, pertaining to financial year 2019-20 and all the DDOs are advised to plan their bill presentation accordingly at Treasuries.”

All the Administrative Secretaries, it said, must effectively supervise and shall be responsible for ensuring compliance of the outlined standard measures. “Director Finance(s)/ Financial Advisor(s) shall assist the respective Administrative Secretaries in securing the compliance to the measures and also submit regular report to the Finance Department for any violation of guidelines.”