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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
LUDHIANA, August 20, 2013
Computerisation of all treasury offices in Punjab ensuring all government payments online proved a grand success with Punjab becoming first successful state in the country to disburse more than Rs. 7,281 crore to more than 14 lakh beneficiaries in the first quarter through online system.

Claiming this here on Monday, Punjab public works minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said crediting online payments was successfully running in the whole state. He said through this recently implemented system, Ludhiana district had credited Rs. 371.9 crore, including salaries of government employees, in a span of three months.

Dhillon said the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) had been monitoring the system of online payments from its inception on April 1, 2013, and Punjab had become the country's first state to start this programme.

He said all government payments were being deposited directly to the bank accounts of the departments and authorities concerned. Dhillon said in Ludhiana district, 1,46,319 people were directly benefitted from this scheme.

According to the information, in Ludhiana treasury, Rs. 301.8 crore had been disbursed to 1.1 lakh beneficiaries. While in Jagraon treasury, the total amount disbursed till now is Rs. 38.2 crore and the beneficiaries are 12,780. In Khanna, an amount of Rs. 20.7 crore has been disbursed to 8,716 beneficiaries. Similarly, in Raikot treasury, total amount of Rs. 16.4 crore has been disbursed to 7,251 beneficiaries. While, in Samrala an amount of Rs. 15.5 crore has been disbursed to 6,793 beneficiaries.

Dhillon said e-payment system was implemented in all government offices and departments, where the transactions were being processed through treasury offices. From July 1, 2013, Punjab had set a new milestone by starting the whole work online, which would prove to be a major step to ensure paperless administration in releasing funds to various departments in the entire state, he added.

The minister said there would be no requirement of submitting physical files from now on.