E-re­ceipt to have more trans­par­ent and ac­count­abil­ity in man­ag­ing fuel bud­get

Bhutan Times - - Home - Sonam Pen­jor

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.

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