Ministries urged to shun ‘inflated’ demands for funds

Finance Ministry seeks ‘objective’ proposals for first supplementary demands for grants for FY23; PAC earlier said dept. demands marked by ‘bad planning, lack of foresight, ineffective monitoring’

Updated - October 11, 2022 11:05 pm IST

Published - October 11, 2022 07:41 pm IST - NEW DELHI

n an earlier report, the Public Accounts Committee said departments had taken a ‘tepid approach’ in preparing Budget estimates. File

n an earlier report, the Public Accounts Committee said departments had taken a ‘tepid approach’ in preparing Budget estimates. File | Photo Credit: The Hindu

The Finance Ministry has asked all Ministries to weed out ‘infructuous or inflated’ funding requests and tap savings from their existing Budget allocations before seeking more funds for this year.

The Ministry has urged departments to ‘avoid pitfalls’ in spending that have been red-flagged by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and mooted a thorough and objective assessment of the additional money required as supplementary demands for grants.

In a memo issued on Monday, the Department of Economic Affairs has sought proposals from Ministries by November 11 for the first batch of supplementary demands to be placed in the upcoming Winter session of Parliament. 

Officials in line Ministries processing the supplementary demand proposals have been instructed to ‘invariably identify savings available so that infructuous or inflated demands are weeded out and the ‘eventuality of surrender’ after obtaining supplementary grants is avoided.

Departments have been reminded about the sharp observations of the PAC in an earlier report on ‘Excess expenditure’ rapping them for a ‘tepid approach’ in preparing Budget estimates and supplementary demands marked by ‘bad planning, lack of foresight and ineffective monitoring’.   

While the Finance Ministry itself has advised departments to propose supplementary demands in the Winter session in some cases, broadly, Ministries have been advised to only seek more funds in certain other cases. 

These include situations where payments against Court decrees cannot be postponed, where advance from Contingency Funds has been granted, and items for which excessive spending has been permitted under the rules.

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