JAMMU: In a significant move to ensure transparency in state accounts and all transactions, the State Administrative Council decided to introduce Civil Accounting System in place of Cheque Drawing System in various works departments.
The new system is being introduced in Public Works Department, Public Health Engineering Department, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Power Development Department and other cheque drawing units.
The meeting which was attended by advisors to governor, Parvez Dewan and Khurshid Ahmed Ganai; Chief Secretary BR. Sharma; Financial Commissioner, Planning and Development Department, B.B.Vyas; and Finance Secretary Navin K. Choudhary presented details of the proposal before the SAC.
Finance secretary informed that the present system of cheque drawing by the Works divisions / units, in the absence of pre-audit at the level of treasuries, adversely affects the transparency of transactions having been executed as per the codal provision and besides affects true and accurate position of the state finances and the accounts.
This is evidenced by the huge outstanding balances under stock suspense, material at site, advance payments, temporary advances, cash imprest and miscellaneous public works advances which get accumulated in the books of various divisions of Public Works Department, Power Development Department, Forest department etc. This has also been repeatedly pointed out by the Accountant General while conducting the audit of these divisions.
In the first phase, the civil system of accounting will be implemented only in respect of revenue expenditure with effect from April 1, 2016.
In the second phase, the system will be extended to capital/works expenditure from April 1, 2017.