Kathmandu, April 14 Former finance minister Surendra Prasad Pandey said employees’ tendency to delay the process of settling bills was a major reason behind cumulative arrears, reckless spending and financial irregularities in government offices. The Office of the Auditor General, in its annual report, said government offices, local administration and constitutional bodies had recklessly spent Rs 120 billion in the previous fiscal, out of the total audited amount worth Rs 2,145 billion. The OAG said cumulative arrears had gone up to Rs 500.08 billion till fiscal 2016-17. “Government employees are keen to run projects but are not keen to settle bills,” he said, adding that the government ought to stall promotion of employees who did not settle bills or violated the governance process. “If the government makes rules blocking promotion of erring employees and stops their transfer to good places, that would help reduce arrears in government offices,” Pandey said. He added that cashless transaction in government offices would prevent manipulation of procurement rules for personal benefit. Pandey said rules had to be changed to give each employee a certain amount in a year to buy stationery rather than providing these items round the year. Former vice-chair of National Planning… Read full this story
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