Drabu calls for systemic changes to improve fiscal health of govt

Jammu: Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu on Thursday called for the systemic changes to bring about efficiency in the fiscal health of the government.
“Finance department is critical to the entire governance agenda and our job is to ensure that appropriate systems, procedures and controls are in place, to support that agenda” Dr Drabu said on Thursday during an interactive meeting with officers of the finance department.
Secretary Revenue Resources, Director General Accounts & Treasuries, Director General Funds, Director Codes, Director(s) Finance, Financial Advisers and Chief Accounts Officers were present in the meeting.
Dr Drabu also received inputs from the officers regarding ‘system constraints’ that do not allow the finance department to run in an efficient and desirable manner.
He reiterated that role of finance department is beyond mere passing bills and underscored the need to create a system that allows empowered and quick decision making, leveraging available resources and utilising them better for the benefit of the people of the state.
Finance minister also highlighted the positive role of introducing technology in simplifying processes and bringing about transparency in financial transactions.
He also told officers of the finance department to provide leadership in matters pertaining to financial discipline and management in their respective departments”.
Issues related to better human resource management, capacity building and training of officers in public financial system were also discussed in the meeting.

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