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Ensure proper budgeting of CSS for funds: Govt tells admin secys

The Jammu and Kashmir government has pulled up administrative secretaries for their failure to make proper budgeting projection of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS), which has been affecting the release of actual sanctioned funds.

“The departments have failed to open separate State Nodal Accounts (SNA) for CSS as per the guidelines of Union Government,” an official told adding that they have also failed to project UT share for the schemes.

Issuing strictures to department, Finance department said that the central share is being projected without any actual corresponding UT matching share for the CSS.

“The attention of all the Administrative Departments towards OM GoI order, which provides for opening of separate State Nodal Accounts(SNA) for each CSS for receipt and payment of both the central and UT matching share of the funds,” reads the order.

Additionally, it has been asked to provide separate budget lines for each CSS under both central as well as UT matching share. Principles of the public expenditure also demanded to capture all the likely receipts and the expenditures in the annual budget of the UT.

As per order, the finance department has observed that this job is not being followed in true spirit at the time of the submission of the demands by the respective Administrative Departments. The central share is being projected without any actual corresponding UT matching share. This later on creates problems for both the Finance Department as well as the Administrative Departments for arranging funds as per actual requirement. Moreover, the budget for both the central as well as the UT share is now to be separately provided in order to get the installments of the central share in time from the Government of India. During the financial year 2021-22 SNAs of almost all the Centrally Sponsored Schemes have been created by all the Departments. However many Departments again did not make the actual projection of the central and the UT matching share under BE 2022-23. It has been observed that required details are not being provided by the Departments at the time of compilation and submission of its CSS Budget Estimates to the Finance Department. This is also a fact that the Departments are not aware, in advance, regarding the likely central share they will receive during a particular financial year, yet they are under obligation to formulate an annual action plan of each CSS and have the same approved by their duly constituted Empowered Steering Committees. The Departments can project the amount of annual action plan both under Central and matching UT share based on the sharing pattern of the scheme.

This will enable the Finance Department to release the budgetary estimates to the Department under a well regulated system and will also help to get the successive installments from the Government of India. Notable to mention here that in case there is no provision of corresponding matching UT matching share of Centrally Sponsored Schemes in the budget estimates the successive installments from the Government of India will get affected.

For more clarity the action plans for the current financial year shall be captured at the RE stage along with corresponding UT matching share. The same or more shall be projected as BE (2023-24), in case the CSS is likely to continue and remain in force for the next financial year. Given the above background, it is requested that all the administrative Departments may kindly consider to make the budget projections under Centrally Sponsored Schemes in the following manner at the time of RE (2022-23) & BE(2023-24) 1. Separate scheme wise projection for Central& UT matching share under proper classification shall be made in consultation with the Director Finance/FA & CAO

The projections shall be at par with Central Share expected from the department. Government of India. In case information about estimates of Central share is not available, the budget figures approved by the Steering Committee in the Action Plan should be projected both under central share as well as UT matching share. Budget for Schemes announced to be closed/ discontinued should not be projected. The Departments while projecting the budget estimates should specifically mention the current year projection of the central and the UT matching share of Centrally Sponsored Schemes, besides details of unspent central and the UT share, if any.

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