Govt approves integration of State Treasury

Govt approves integration of State Treasury

Briefing reporters, Higher Education Minister V S Acharya said the the Government will spend an estimated Rs 90 crore for this purpose.

 "Khajane" was first put in place in 2001 and replaced manual method of bill clearance with a system based one in all treasuries spread over 218 locations in the State.

The system helped in elimination of systemic deficiencies in the manual system like overdrawal of funds, fraudulent withdrawals, and misclassification of expenses and non-reconciliation of accounts among others.

Second version

Ten years down the line, the Government has decided to introduce the second version of the system which will include incorporating online system for release of funds and submission of bills.

Khajane-2 will also integrate the treasury system and the stakeholder departments for real time transfer of information.

The upgraded system will also help in streamlining the present Electronic Clearance System (ECS) of payment of salaries for Government employees.

Monetary benefits

It will also enable distribution of monetary benefits to the beneficiaries of various social welfare programmes, clearing bills of service providers and commodity providers, Acharya said. 

The new system will provide stakeholders information on financial position at any point of time helping in decision making and improved co-ordination across functional departments, he added.

Vimukthe deferred

The Cabinet also deferred according approval for implementing Vimukthe scheme, which envisages providing monthly pension of Rs 400 to destitute women above 50 years.

The scheme was announced by former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on the day of his tendering resignation.

Yeddyurappa had announced a monthly pension of Rs 1,000 to the beneficiaries, but the Women and Child Development department reduced it to Rs 400.

According to sources, Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda was not convinced with the definition of destitute women under the scheme and directed the department Minister C C Patil to re-work on the main features of the scheme.

Old age pension

The Chief Minister is learnt to have said that the Government is already providing old age pension to women. The proposed scheme may overlap with the old age pension scheme.

Hence, there is a need to fix proper guidelines for identifying beneficiaries under the proposed scheme.

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