In a bid to ensure effective and efficient functioning of all departments, the Bengal government has decided to increase the number of financial advisors.
The decision comes after the state government had earlier merged 21 departments to form 10 new ones, thus reducing the total number of government departments from 63 to 52. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s government had taken the decision to ensure better delivery of services by “achieving greater efficiency”.
All the state government departments are under 20 clusters and each cluster has one set up for the financial advisor, whose primary responsibilities involve “screening all expenditure proposals requiring to be referred to the Finance department for concurrence or comments”.
Recently, 14 new set-ups for the financial advisor have been created and the clusters of the departments have also been rearranged.
In a bid to facilitate creation of the new set-ups, the state government has increased the number of financial advisors.
With the increase in number, the detailed financial scrutiny of “proposals for expenditure on schemes or projects” would get expedited.
Moreover, with the increase in number of financial advisors, it would be easier for senior officials of a department to take advice on all financial matters, including procurement proposals, which would otherwise have required concurrence of the Finance department.
In addition, the review of progress of expenditure against sanctioned grants and monitoring of non-tax revenues would be streamlined.
Fast decisions can be taken as screening of proposals for supplementary demands for grants can be done within a short time.
Meanwhile, the existing drawing and disbursing officers (DDOs) of the erstwhile 21 departments – which were merged to form 10 new ones – will continue to function in a similar manner till the end of 2016-17 fiscal, i.e. for three more months.
From the new fiscal, the DDOs of the old departments will hand over the reins to the DDO of newly-formed departments.
At the same time, all failed transactions with the old DDO need to be settled by the end of the current fiscal as the cash book of old departments have to be closed after proper cash analysis.
Govt to recruit 6,000 group D employees
The Mamata Banerjee-led Bengal government has decided to recruit 6,000 group D employees in different departments. This comes after the state government had decided to fill up the vacant posts in the departments. The West Bengal Group-D Recruitment Board issued a notification in this regard. Aspirant can apply online and he or she can visit the website www.wbgdrb.in to get further details. As per the notification, aspirants can fill in the applications till January 29. The written examination will be held on May 14. The candidates who clear the written examination will be called for the interview.