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Finance dept to seek funds through ordinance route

Officials in the Finance department said there was enough money to pay salaries and meet other expenditure in March.

New Delhi |
February 18, 2014 4:27:39 am

With the Aam Aadmi Party government failing to secure funds to keep the government machinery running in the next financial year, officials are planning to seek funds through the ordinance route.

Officials said they were planning to seek funds for the next few months through the Lt-Governor’s  office and the Home Ministry, which will administer the capital till a new government is sworn in.

According to a senior government official, they plan to seek funds for the next six months under vote-on-account to keep the government machinery going, keeping in mind the uncertainty of formation of a new government.

Officials in the Finance department said there was enough money to pay salaries and meet other expenditure in March. But, in the new financial year, officials said, approval of the L-G and the Centre would be required in the absence of a Legislative Assembly.
Officials have set in motion the process of preparing the vote-on-account, under which funds to the tune of Rs 18,000 crore would be sought.

A senior official, however, termed the move to secure funds through ordinance as “peculiar”. “With no permission from the Legislative Assembly for any sort of Budget — as it is under suspended animation — no expenditure can be incurred, especially after March 31. And within six months, approval for the Ordinance, too, has to be sought,” he said.

“The vote-on-account will be forwarded to the L-G and then to the Home Ministry. In an ordinary situation, it would have gone to Parliament for approval. But if the House is not in session by the time the vote-on-account is ready, it will be sent to the Home Ministry and then to the President for approval,” an official said.

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