STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: The State Government on Friday asked all the Administrative Secretaries to direct their subordinate offices to follow the provisions of extant rules regarding procurement of stationery items and printing works in letter and spirit.
In a circular issued on Friday, Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary Finance invited the attention of all Administrative Departments to Rule 7.58 (III) of J&K Financial Code Volume-I which necessitates that “A Competent Authority may permit local purchase of such articles of stationery as are not either available in the depot or are not usually stocked by it. In the former case a certificate from the stationery depot will be necessary before local purchase is made.” Further, he said, in terms of Rule 7.51 of Chapter VII, Contingencies, of J&K Financial Code Vol-I, “No Government printing work should be entrusted to private presses unless the Government Presses express their inability to undertake the work concerned.”
He said Finance Department noticed that despite clear cut rule position, various government departments are not adhering to the instructions laid down in rules.
The government departments/offices are instead purchasing office supplies from local market and are printing office letter pads/visiting cards etc., from private presses at exorbitant rates in gross violation of the rules, he said.
In case of non-availability of stationery items with the stationery depot, he said, the departments /offices may go for purchase of such items /office supplies from Cooperative fair price shops/Government e-market place. However, printing of office letter pads /visiting cards etc., shall be got done exclusively from the Government presses, he added.
Accordingly, Principal Secretary Finance, asked all the Administrative Secretaries to direct their subordinate offices to follow the provisions of extant rules regarding procurement of stationery items and printing works in letter and spirit.
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