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Mein vows to uphold financial discipline

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Itanagar, April 18:  Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has asserted on upholding financial discipline at all levels for the cause of overall development of the state.
Attending a workshop on National Pension System (NPS) organized by the Directorate of Accounts and Treasuries in collaboration with the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority and the National Securities Depository Limited at Dorjee Khandu Convention Centre here yesterday, Mein interacted with the officers of Accounts and Treasuries department.
“You are the catalyst for enforcement of discipline and orders of finance department,” said Mein and called upon the officers to put in their best effort and work with commitment. He stated that it is them who have a crucial role in the enforcement of financial discipline and overall financial management in the State.
He said that during NEFA period when the entire financial requirement was supported by Central government there were effective work culture and discipline in the works departments making efficient and speedy deliverance of quality works. But today, the work culture among the employees is diminishing day by day which we have to revive and take up the responsibility more responsively, he emphasized.
For overall development of our state, we must all work with the spirit of ‘Team Arunachal’ for the welfare of departments, govt and general masses of the state, he said.
Mein urged the officers to adapt to the emerging challenges in this age of technology and acquire knowledge of the working system and guidelines of the department. He also called upon them to work in a transparent manner.
Informing that many financial reforms have come up in national level like the introduction of Public Financial & Management System, govt e-market place, E-kuber & Direct Benefit Transfer etc, he termed the Goods & Service Tax as the greatest universal financial reform to be introduced by the govt and added that demonetization & cashless transaction has brought transparency in the country.
Stating that the state government has initiated several reforms in the state, Mein said that one of the major restructuring processes was to functionalize the two Divisional Commissioner’s offices and shift the zonal office of the works departments to their respective headquarters.
He mooted for conducting similar workshop on regular basis in collaboration with National Institute of Financial Management, Institute of Government Accounts and Finance, NSDL, PFRDA, RBI. He also suggested for introducing a vendor system in the state.
 The deputy chief minister asked the Finance department to gear up and work in tandem with other departments like Planning & Investment and Accountant General for proper financial management system in the State.
On a three-point memorandum and timely conduct of DPC raised by the Arunachal Pradesh Finance & Accounts Service Association, the DCM assured to take up the matter. He said that to meet up manpower requirements in the newly created districts, we need to create posts of FAO & Treasury offices with the creation of new district, an official release informed here today.

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