E-receipt to have more transparent and accountability in managing fuel budget
With the launching of electronically generated money receipt from the fuel dispensing machines at the fuel station, now it will be more transparent and accountable in managing fuel budget in government agencies and even with the corporations.
An official from office of the Consumer Protection under ministry of Economic Affairs said that the new e-receipt system will greatly help the fuel station management in terms of further improving and strengthening service delivery to the customers and vehicle owners.
It will also bring greater transparency and accountability in managing fuel budget in government agencies and resolve and handle disputes arising on account of fuel adulteration, and use of improper weights and measures which are reported in some fuel stations.
An official said that they have heard that a number of cases of misuses being reported here and there. They hope that the system will limit the opportunities for such misuses, and management of fuel expenditure for pool vehicles will become more efficient and transparent, with the possibilities of budget saving for the government.
Economic Affair minister, Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said during the launching of e-receipt said that according to the Consumer Protection Act 2012, after every business transaction, there is a requirement of receipt that the business are accountable to issue receipt and the consumer are responsible to receive the receipt from the business. Lyonpo added that with the launch of this e-receipt, this facilitates the imple- mentation of the 2012 consumer protection act.
Our economy import about 8.5 billion worth of fuel and are used mostly by hydropower projects, government transport system and corporation and also by the private sector, Lyonpo added.
“There is an issue of whether this fuel are use efficiently, transparently and truthfully”, said the Lyonpo.
Now with this e-receipt system where the receipt is generated by the machine itself, it will facilitate transparent, efficient and truthfully use of fuel, Lyonpo added.
Jigme Dorji, Deputy Chief Program Officer of office of Consumer Protection said that the initiative from office of consumer protection, the leakages of fuel expenses for the government and corporate can be curbed. He added that till today there are lots of cases where the government fuel budget has been misuse by the driver in collaboration with the fuel dispenser.
The e-receipt will show the detail of the vehicle number, the quantity that has been refilled and the prices, he added. He further said that by using this e- receipt, they will be updated in the log book and the e- receipt will have to submit to their respective offices.
Jigme Dorji added with the safety concern in the fuel stations as the petrol are volatile to the fire and he said that they have also initiated safety standards.. “We have invited BoD management, fuel dealer management and instructed them for safety standard that while refill the vehicle”, he added.
He further said that while refilling the car, the engine has to be switch off; mobile phone has to be switch off or at least not to attend the call. He added that it is mandatory for the BoD management to observe.
While this practices has been initiated in the ministry of economic affairs. It was initiated by MoEA and soon the e- receipt system will be introduced to all twenty Dzongkhags. As of now, only Thimphu region have with this e- receipts system which includes Thimphu, Paro and Wangduephodrang BoD stations.
Meanwhile, Lungtenzampa BoD station itself import around 510 kiloliters of petrol and around 670 kilo- liters of diesel every month. And Thimphu alone has six BoD stations.
Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk inaugurated the e-receipt system in Lungtenzampa BOD last Wednesday.