The Asian Age - - Oped -

To speed-up projects, the home min­istry has given fi­nan­cial pow­ers to joint sec­re­taries who can now spend up to `50 crore for ex­e­cut­ing works and pur­chas­ing land. Joint sec­re­taries have also been al­lowed to make pro­cure­ment through open or lim­ited ten­der of up to `20 crore and pro­cure­ment through ne­go­ti­ated or sin­gle ten­der or pro­pri­etary con­tract of up to `5 crore.

This is for the first time that such fi­nan­cial pow­ers have been given to joint sec­re­taries to bring greater flex­i­bil­ity in oper­a­tions, re­duce de­lays and fa­cil­i­tate quick de­ci­sion on mat­ters in­volv­ing fi­nan­cial ex­pen­di­ture, ac­cord­ing to Union home sec­re­tary Ra­jiv Gauba.

There are around 20 joint sec­re­taries in the home min­istry han­dling dif­fer­ent di­vi­sions, and the fi­nan­cial pow­ers have been given to them for the first time.

Be­sides the of­fi­cers have been given full fi­nan­cial pow­ers for hir­ing of ac­com­mo­da­tion, fund re­lease un­der ap­proved schemes, pay­ment of spec­trum charges un­der ap­proved ac­tiv­i­ties, all types of time-barred claims of leave travel con­ces­sion, med­i­cal, trans­fer al­lowance and trav­el­ling al­lowance.

All ap­provals for go­ing abroad for per­sonal rea­sons, leave of any kind, tours and train­ings of any kind in case of Group C and Group B em­ploy­ees will be ap­proved at the level of joint sec­re­tary.

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