The Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, Office of Controller General of Accounts, Government of India has issued an Office Memorandum on 17th March 2023, regarding the posting of contractual staff in sensitive areas of work such as precheck and payment. The PAO is the last checkpoint to ensure exchequer control by prechecking bills, and hence the posting of contractual staff in these areas increases the risks as they are not governed under CCS (Conduct) Rules, and their engagements are temporary. Therefore, contractual staff are not to be posted in these sections, and they should not be engaged in any support functions related to these areas of work. In addition, contractual staff should be rotated regularly to prevent the development of vested interests. The memorandum also emphasizes the importance of maintaining individual officer-specific User IDs/passwords, and not sharing them with anyone, as well as changing passwords regularly to prevent misuse and fraud. All addressee officials are requested to ensure compliance with these instructions and submit a compliance report by 24th March 2023.
Posting of contractual staff working on sensitive posts
Government of India
Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure
Office of Controller General of Accounts
Block-E, GPO Complex, INA, New Delhi-110023
Subject:-Posting of contractual staff working on sensitive posts – reg.
Precheck and Payment are one of the important functions of a Pay and Accounts Office. The PAO is the last and critical checkpoint to ensure desired exchequer control by way of precheck of bills. The posting of Contractual staff in these sections/areas of work increases the risks as such staff are not governed under CCS (Conduct) Rules and their engagements are always temporary in nature. In view of sensitive nature of work related to precheck and payment, contractual staff are not to be posted in these sections and also not to be engaged for providing any support function related to these areas of work.
- Further, Contractual Staff also need to be rotated regularly to avoid developing of vested interests.
- The User IDs/passwords are individual officer specific and under no circumstances to be shared with anyone and passwords are to be changed regularly to prevent misuse and fraud.
- All the addressee officials are requested to take necessary action to ensure compliance of these instructions and a compliance report in this regard may be sent to this office by 24.03.2023.
This issues with the approval of Competent Authority
Jt. Controller General of Accounts (CDN)
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