Bank cheque books for payments, a thing of past now

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Srinagar: The state government on Friday barred Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) to use Bank Cheque Books with effect from April 1.

“It has come to the notice of the Finance Department that DDOs after drawing bills from treasuries, gets the amount credited to their official bank accounts and thereafter make payments to the beneficiaries as per their convenience through cheques, resulting in delayed payment to the beneficiaries,” reads a circular issued by finance department here.

The delays caused at times compromises transparency and integrity of the Payment System and severe inconvenience to the beneficiaries, it said.

“In order to avoid delay in making payments to ultimate beneficiaries by the respective DDOs, it is hereby ordered that with effect from1April 2016 the DDOs shall make payments to beneficiaries by directly affording credit to their bank accounts at the stage of drawl of the bill itself from the Treasury,” the circular, a copy of which lies with Kashmir Observer said.

Navin K. Choudhary, Commissioner Secretary Finance Department, who issued the circular, said that the practice of first affording credit to the DDOs and then making payment through cheques shall be stopped.

“The DDOs are, therefore, barred to use Bank Cheque Books with effect from 1 April, 2016. They are advised to close the cheque books available with them and return the same to the J&K Bank under proper receipt,” the circular added.

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, J&K Bank has been requested to issue instructions to the Business Units that they will not issue Cheque Books to any DD0 without specific authorization from the Finance Department.

“The concerned Administrative Secretaries/ Head of Departments/ Drawing and Disbursing Officers shall be responsible for putting in place the Electronic Mode of Payment System on or before 1 April to avoid any disruption in the payments.”

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