The state government has made the filing of property returns mandatory for its employees. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday directed the chief secretary to immediately issue detailed instructions that all employees must file their property returns for the financial year ending March 31,positively by April 30. Badal also asked the chief secretary to amend the existing proformas of ACRs,thereby incorporating a new column for filing of property return. A spokesperson said that it will be compulsory for government employees to file their property returns relating to the financial year 2011-12 by June 30.
Badal for strengthening vigilance bureau
In a bid to strengthen anti-corruption measures and ensure accountability and transparency in the state administration,the Punjab government has decided to streamline the functioning of the states vigilance department. During a meeting held on Wednesday evening,it was informed that the department has mooted a proposal to establish a special internal vigilance unit within the bureau to monitor corrupt practices in various agencies and departments. The competent authority of each department will decide refusal or sanction for granting permission for prosecution by passing a speaking order within a maximum period of three months. In case of non-compliance,the secretary (Vigilance) will convey his displeasure on the recommendation of the chief director (Vigilance Bureau).
Punjab govt on austerity drive
As part of austerity measures,the cash-starved Punjab government on Wednesday directed boards,corporations and cooperative organisations not to publish their own calendars and diaries. All departments had been directed to use diaries and calendars published by the state government and not to publish their own diaries and calendars,an official spokesman said here. This decision has been taken as part of austerity measures, he said,adding that each board or corporation or cooperative organisation will now have to submit its demand for required diaries and calendars by November 10 every year to the Controller (Printing and Stationery). For the current year,they can submit their demands to the concerned office within 10 days,he added.
The state government has initiated online allocation of budget funds to all departments through the new Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) software. All drawing and disbursing officers have been given comprehensive training in the new software, said Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa.