Bhubaneswar: A one-day orientation on Neo Financial Management for accountants working in the urban local bodies in the state was held today here in Bhubaneswar.
Speaking on the occasion, G. Mathi Vathanan, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development department told that transparent, disciplined and proper financial management is the key for development. The expectation of general public is very high. We all have to rise to the occasion without any hesitation. In the process we have to spend the budget allocations and it should be in a proper way.
From 2023-24, the ULBs are to receive 15th Finance Commission grant but the ULBs must be eligible and fulfill the criteria as defined by the govt. of India. Here the role of Accountants are very much important . They all should rise to the occasion. They should be sensitive in dealing with the public. No offline transaction is allowed. The SUJOG platform to be used properly. They must release the dues in a specific time period defined. There should be no dereliction in handling with finance. There is timeline for release of payments. Incase of any deviation would be seriously viewed, cautioned Sri Mathi Vathanan.
Further while emphasizing on implementation of MUKTA action plan for 2023-24 in 115 ULBs and expenditures thereof advised on submission of utilization certificates in due time which is very much important. In the changing scenario, when we are going for a huge expenditure, maintaining a team-work is desirable, he advised. Henceforth, the performance of accountants will be monitored vigorously. We have a dedicated Mo Sahar cell to monitor the ULBs by way of direct feedback from the community partners, beneficiaries, and general public also. So it is advised the accountants to be very much sincere .
Moreover , the submission of utilization certificates , compliance to audit para and audit of accounts is another part which in very much important . The accountants have a big role to play. It is their foremost duty to attend and comply with properly. The department is ready all the times to extend a handholding support to them.
Among others, Sangramjit Nayak, Director- Municipal Administration, Sarada Prasad Panda, Joint Secretary, Sanjay Pramanik, OSD-CUM-Special Secretary and Smt. Sikha Biswal, Financial Advisor, spoke on the occasion in the workshop held in the Convention center, Lokseva Bhawan. The accountants working in 115ULBs attended workshop.