The computerisation of treasury offices across the state to ensure that all government payments are made online to beneficiaries has proved a great success with Patiala district bagging the top position in Punjab by disbursing more than R228 crore to 78,961 beneficiaries in one month under the Integrated Financial Management System.
Furnishing these details, a spokesman of the finance department said with the launch of the Integrated Financial Management System on April 1, 2013, Punjab became the first state to implement this system successfully.
As per figures, Amritsar came second in making online payments, with R180 crore disbursed among beneficiaries, Jalandhar remained third with R178.28 crore while Ludhiana, with payments worth R174.5 crore, came fourth.
The e-payment system has been implemented in all government departments through treasury offices. Patiala deputy commissioner GK Singh said the district treasury office has disbursed R187 crore to 60,279 beneficiaries. Similarly, treasury office, Samana, has paid R4.79 crore to 2,203 beneficiaries, Nabha treasury office paid R14.63 crore to 6,504 beneficiaries, whereas treasury office, Rajpura, paid R17.75 crore to 8,842 beneficiaries.
Besides, Dudhansadhan treasury office paid R1.95 crore to 485 beneficiaries and Patran treasury office disbursed R2.46 crore to 648 beneficiaries. "Since the inception of this e-payment system, the process of financial transactions has become easy and this would also help check financial frauds to a large extent," the DC said.
He added the implementation of e-system has made the process of making different payments free from corruption at different levels. "Besides, it has reduced the paper work, which used to affect timely payments earlier," he said.