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Introduction of e-Pay Bill System delaying salary disbursal?

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, DECEMBER 13: Almost halfway into the month, Nagaland Government employees are yet to receive their last month’s salary.
The State Government has not issued a clarification on the delay in disbursing the salaries to its employees; but according to a source, the delay has been due to introduction of e-Pay Bill System.
There are also unofficial reports of State Government having inadequate funds in its coffer and the State could even face an embargo by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). This is because the State Government could no more deposit Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) in Civil Deposit (CD).
The CSS are being directly transferred to the concerned Departments for 45 days. The CSS has been the main backbone of the Government to avoid embargo by the RBI for the last many years.
Nagaland has not faced embargo for two decades or so. The State Government has already issued a notification about the e-Pay Bill System last month.
According to the Government, based on comprehensive data on employees collected from all Departments by the Personal Information Management System (PIMS) Cell, Personnel and Administrative Reforms
(P&AR) Department, a decision was taken to introduce the payment of salaries and wages through e-Pay Bill System.
The notification stated that effective from the month of November 2021, payment of salaries and wages under e-pay Bill will be enabled only for Government employees who have been registered in the PIMS database as notified by the P&AR Department vide their O.M No. AR-3/Gen-174/2007(pt) dated 27.09.2019.
The process of building up the PIMS database started in 2016 with the co-operation of all the Departments and training have been imparted to all DDOs and Bill Assistants on the functioning of the e-Pay Bill System.
“As such it is expected that remuneration payment for employees on e-Pay Bill System will be smooth and will also receive the necessary support and commitment from all concerned to make it succeed. Difficulties, if any, may be brought to the notice of the PIMS Cell, P&AR and Finance Department”, the Finance Department said.
The Departments have been directed to strictly adhere to the procedures and guidelines issued by the P&AR Department for updating employees’ details/data in the PIMS portal.
According to sources, this system has been introduced to check leakage of money to unscrupulous officers and employees through ghost employees, backdoor employees and irregular drawal of funds.
There are reportedly an unaccounted number of ghost employees in several Departments which is draining a huge amount of money from the State’s exchequer. This is compounded by backdoor employees and unproductive staff in several Departments.
This attempt, according to sources, is to screen ghost, backdoor, and non-sanctioned employees.
It remains to be seen whether the effort of the Government will bear fruit.
(Page News Service)