KERALA

Provident fund details available online

Special Correspondent

Computerisation of Accountant-General’s office nearing completion



First audit office to go online

Subscribers can download account statements from web site using PIN



Thiruvananthapuram: The office of the Accountant-General (A&E) is all set to become the first audit office to go online offering a series of services to government employees and pensioners related to their general provident fund and pension.

The three-year computerisation programme of the office will end with the computerisation of its Provident Fund Wing.

Addressing a press conference here, Accountant-General V.Ravindran said that from August 1, all GPF final withdrawal cases would be processed on computer.

A computerised dak management system to monitor receipt and disposal of letters would be available on the official web site >www.agker.cag. gov.in facilitating the public to check the status of their letters.

He said his office had despatched the annual general provident fund (GPF) account statements for 2008-09 to 3.85 lakh subscribers, one-and-a-half month ahead of schedule. As on March 31, 2009, the GPF balances with the government were Rs.5,700 crore.

For the first time, the account statements of 80 per cent of the subscribers were sent on compact discs to around 6,500 drawing and disbursing officers. The remaining subscribers were sent printed statements. This was mostly to areas which did not have computers and connectivity.

Mr. Ravindran said all subscribers could download their account statements from the AG’s official web site using the PIN (Personal Indication Number) provided in last year’s statements or if they did not have it in their possession, these could be provided by his office.

His office would soon begin sending all annual statements to GPF subscribers and DDOs through email, saving a huge sum on postal charges.

Mr. Ravindran said the Kerala website had been rated as the most visited Central government web site hosted by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). The web site had detailed information on the functioning of various wings, distribution of charge among various officers and their contact numbers.

In addition, the finance and appropriation accounts of the State government, the procedure to be followed while applying for pension, provident funds, payslips and the prescribed forms for these can be downloaded. Orders applicable to Nagaland and Tamil Nadu governments are also available.

Since last year, the annual GPF account statements for the last five years and information on the status of new applicants had been made available on the web site, bringing down the number of visitors at the GPF helpdesk down from 200 to less than 30 a day.

Mr. Ravindran said the AG’s website would soon have a file tracking system that would permit subscribers to track the status of their applications and an online helpdesk through which the public could directly submit their complaints and track the status.