MORE POWER TO JOINT SECRETARIES
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.