DCM advocates financial discipline

ITANAGAR, Apr 17: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has asked the officers of the accounts & treasuries department to ensure financial discipline at all levels for the overall development of the state.
Mein said this during a workshop on the National Pension System (NPS) organized by the accounts & treasuries directorate at the Dorjee Khandu Convention Centre here on Tuesday.
“You are the catalyst for enforcement of discipline and orders of the finance department,” Mein told the officers.
Expressing concern over the diminishing work culture among government employees, Mein said, “We must work with the spirit of Team Arunachal for the welfare of the people.”
Informing about the financial reforms taken up at the national level, such as the introduction of the Public Financial & Management System, the e-marketplace, e-kuber, Direct Benefit Transfer, etc, he termed the goods & services tax “the greatest universal financial reform,” and claimed that demonetization and cashless transaction have brought transparency in the country.
“The state government has also initiated several reforms, and one of the major restructuring processes was to functionalize the two divisional commissioner’s offices and to shift the zonal offices of the work departments to their respective headquarters,” Mein said.
Responding to a three-point memorandum submitted by the Arunachal Pradesh Finance and Accounts Service Association, the DCM assured to take up the issues with the government.
He also said that to meet the manpower requirements in the newly-created districts, “we need to create posts of FAO & treasury officers in those districts.”
Audit & Pension Director, Md A Basit made a presentation on the NPS, and enumerated DPC and other issues related to finance and accounts officers.
He informed the DCM of the shortage of officers in the accounts & treasuries directorate, and requested him to redress the grievances of the department.
Among others, Finance Secretary YW Ringu and Accounts & Treasuries Director Techi Tedi attended the workshop, which was organized in collaboration with the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority and the National Securities Depository Limited.