Govt directs TOs to refuse bills after March 30

Srinagar: The state government Thursday directed the Treasury Officers (TO) not to entertain any bill or cheque for payment after the working hours on March 30.
“The Treasury Officers are also advised to convey these instructions to the Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) operating upon their respective treasuries by way of prior advice or notice,” an official handout issued here said.
The government’s finance department has issued a circular in this regard, stating: “It has been observed during the past that the bulk of bills/cheques are received at the treasuries on 31st of March and even after working hours and this provides little or no opportunity to the concerned Treasury Officers to verify and scrutinize the bills/cheques which dilutes the rigour of scrutiny of bills posing avoidable risks.
“Further, such a practice has all along been objected by the Account General and has advised to avoid rush of expenditure on 31st of March.”