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Himachal govt for cashless transactions

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

Chief Secretary VC Pharka stressed the need for providing online facility to all the Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) of the state during the next four years so as to ensure cent-per cent cashless transactions.

He emphasised upon to reducing the number of DDOs, which is more than 4,400.

Launching the World Bank aided ‘HP Public Financial Management and Capacity Building Programme’, on Thursday, he said the World Bank under this programme has assigned a loan of 36 million USD, wherein 20 per cent would be borne by the state government, thereby making the project cost to Rs.45 million USD.

Pharka said that the programme would be implemented between 2017 to 2022. He said Himachal Pradesh is the first state in the country to get this project as the state has the good linkage with World Bank which has appreciated various indicators of the state.

The CS said there is a need of good financial management, proper audit and utilisation of funds. He said all departments should be linked to e-procurement system which has already been started in Irrigation and Public Health and Public Works Departments.

He said the problem of connectivity still remains in the remote areas of the state and the Information and Technology Department has put the efforts to sort out this problem by improving and expanding HIMSWAN across the state.

Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), Shrikant Baldi said all the DDOs would be connected in the chain and imparted training.

He informed that public financial rules have been formed in the state and now there is a need to focus on the proper implementation of this programme.  He said all treasuries in the state were already on-line.

Principal Accountant General of HP, Kulwant Singh informed that pension record from 1946 has been fully digitised.