New Delhi: Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Rajnish Kumar inaugurated the new office building of the Pay and Accounts Office (PAO) for the Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre (RRRC) on Monday in Delhi Cantonment. General Officer Commanding (GOC) Delhi Area Lieutenant General VK Mishra and Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA) Western Command Shri Devi Ram Negi, and senior officers of the Defence Accounts Department (DAD) and Indian Army were present on the occasion.
The PAO, which functions under the administrative control of Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA) Western Command, handles more than 23,500 Individual Running Ledger Accounts (IRLAs) of Personnel Below Officer Ranks (PBORs) of Rajputana Rifles Regiment of the Indian Army and manages the disbursement of nearly Rs 160 Crores per month. A PAO is responsible for the audit and payment of various claims and allowances of the Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs)/Other Ranks (ORs) including their monthly pay, as per entitlement.
The CGDA in his address highlighted the ongoing effort to complete business process re-engineering of the Defence Accounts Department, across its various avenues of function, namely, financial advice, payment, accounting, and internal audit. Urging the Department to move towards financial administration with a humane approach, he outlined the various initiatives of DAD such as PRABAL which is being designed to facilitate faster payment to domestic vendors and assist the Indian Defence Industry towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat, as well as a Comprehensive Pay System (CPS) to bring efficiency and transparency in the management of pay and allowances of the Indian Armed Forces.
The foundation stone for the building was laid by Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar in March 2020 and has been built in record time, despite the challenges posed by the covid pandemic over the last two years.
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