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Video meet directive for bills

Chief secretary A.K. Sinha would hold a video-conference with district magistrates soon to direct them to submit detailed contingency (DC) bills at the earliest and speed up the DC bill submission process.

Once submitted, the office of the accountant general would adjust the DC bills.

Finance department principal secretary Rameshwar Singh told The Telegraph: “The chief secretary has been constantly reviewing the adjustment of abstract contingency (AC) bill every week. He would hold a video-conference with district magistrates soon because there are a good amount of AC bills that are pending in districts on account of various schemes, including subsidy. They would be asked to speed up the process of submission of DC bills.”

The drawing and disbursing officers (DDOs) of the state government are authorised to draw money through AC bills to meet the expenditure not incorporated in the budget. The DDOs are required to present the DC bills, along with original vouchers, to the accountant general (A&E), Bihar, within a specified time as prescribed in the treasury code.

According to information available with the finance department, AC bills worth Rs 11,000 crore are pending since 2002-03 to 20011-12 (till February 2012). The planning and development department has directed its officials to hold camps for submission of DC bills at the earliest. All the district planning officers have been directed to submit DC bills to the AG office. “We will hold camps in the city to clear the dues of AC bills. Around Rs 900-950 crore have to be deposited by the planning department,” principal secretary Vijoy Prakash said.

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