Byline: Imran Ali Kundi
ISLAMABAD -- The government has decided that no token supplementary grant would be granted, as the federal cabinet, the National Assembly especially, the Public Accounts Committee have directed to discourage supplementary grant unless extremely critical.
The ministry of finance has issued notification regarding supplementary grants. The government has decided that no token supplementary granted would be approved. 'Token grants shall be required, in case an expenditure on any new service or new item during financial year is met through re-appropriation of funds,' the ministry of finance explained. The Principal Accounting Officer (PAO) shall resort to finance an unforeseen emergency or insufficient appropriation by examining the approved allocated budget within grant under detailed heads and meet the requirement through re appropriation under delegated heads. The PAO would refer the case to Expenditure Wing, Finance Division for re appropriation under restricted heads.
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The ministry of finance has stated that if additional funds are required, the Division/Department concerned shall provide matching funds through surrender order for technical supplementary grant. 'All applications submitted by the FAQs for regular supplementary grants (SG) or technical supplementary grants (TSG) shall be accompanied with a full explanation of the reason on proforma,' it added.
In case the supplementary grant (SG/TSG) is required for expenditure pertaining to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP), the recommendations of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Division shall be required before submission of the case to Expenditure Wing, Finance Division. All proposals for SG/TSG shall be routed through Expenditure Wing of Finance Division. The Expenditure Wing shall review the position of the grant as a whole with reference to verified actual as on that date and that of the previous year. After due diligence and having been satisfied the Expenditure Wing may forward the case to Budget Wing, Finance Division with full justification and recommendations.
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Budget Wing, Finance Division shall provide endorsement, duly signed by the Finance Secretary (as per existing practice) to the concerned Division/Department for submission of case to the ECC of the Cabinet for approval. After approval the...