In a step forward towards e-governance, the Finance Department, Chandigarh Administration organized a workshop of all the Drawing & Disbursing Officers of the Chandigarh Administration on 22nd November 2011 at PEC Auditorium. The workshop aimed at imparting practical training for the smooth implementation of e-payment system to the DDOs. With the introduction of e-payment system, all payments to be made to the beneficiaries shall be made by electronic fund transfer to the respective accounts of the employees/beneficiaries at the level of Central Treasury, Chandigarh. All periodic and non-periodic payments payable to various officers/officials/private contractors/agencies shall be made on-line on the presentation of relevant bill in the Central Treasury Chandigarh.
About 350 officers/officials of the Chandigarh Administration participated in the said workshop. Sh. Ajay Rampal, SIO, NIC gave presentation about the Govt. Financial Accounting System to the participants and Ms. Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, Joint Secretary Finance-cum-Director Treasury also highlighted the advantages of the e-payment. Previously, it took two to three days for the transfer of money to the beneficiaries’ accounts but with this new system it will take only two hours for the transfer of funds. It will also be helpful for easy reconciliations and less paper fund management system. In the month of November, salaries for three departments will be taken up on pilot basis. From December 2011, salaries of all the employees of the Chandigarh Administration will be covered under this system. The new system shall be helpful to the Chandigarh Administration in the following manner:-
On line access to salary details to each employee
Mobile based information and query system
Online bank transfer of payments to individual/vendors