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Chief Accounts Officer [CAO] is appointed by Government who works under the Chief Executive Officer and assist him in implementing various Government programmes.
Dr. Sangeeta Gajanan Bhat
CAO, Zilla Panchayat
Uttar Kannada District, Karwar
K.A.S : 1998
The Chief Accounts Officer shall advice the Zilla Panchayat in matters of financial policy and shall be responsible for all matters relating to the accounts of the Zilla Panchayat including the preparation of the annual accounts and budget.
The Chief Accounts Officer shall ensure that no expenditure is incurred except under proper sanction and in accordance with this Act and rules and regulations made thereunder and shall disallow any expenditure not warranted by the Act or the rules or regulations for which no provision is made in the budget.
It is headed by a senior Officer from the State Accounts Department, designated as Chief Accounts Officer. This section acts as Finance department as well as Audit department in Zilla Panchayat System. There will be two Accounts officers to assist the Chief Accounts Officer in his duties and functions. The CAO is the custodian of the Zilla Panchayat Fund and also he advises the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Zilla Panchayat in Financial matters. He will directly Work under the Chief Executive Officer.
The Chief Accounts officer prepares the Budget of the Zilla Panchayat for Non–plan expenditure (Appendix-B). He will assist the C.E.O in re-appropriation of grants at the end of the financial year. He Prepares the Monthly and Annual Accounts based on the Treasury Schedules and Utilization certificates obtained from the Implementing officers.
Zilla Panchayat receives the funds from the consolidated fund of the state and centre in the following categories,
Plan and Non-plan funds are released by the State Government to the Z.P in a Quarterly basis and Zilla Panchayat in turn releases these funds to the District level Officers of different Departments, Taluk Panchayats and Grama Panchayats in monthly/Quarterly basis. Funds is also released from the Central government to the various Programmes/Schemes implemented through the Zilla Panchayat and its subsidiary systems such as Taluk Panchayats and Grama Panchayats.
It is received both from State as well as Central Government for the Execution of developmental activities/works including the creation of the new infra structures & their maintenance. In addition, various centrally sponsored schemes such as JGSY, IAY, SGSY, PMGY, PMGSY, EAS etc. For the Welfare of the scheduled castes & tribes grants is also released through a separate programme called Special Component Programme(SCP). For the planned programmes the financial allocation is made by the government on the basis of Population, Actual Needs, Backwardness (Determined by specific parameters)
It is mainly meant to meet the committed expenditure of the different departments (mainly the salary) & also the maintenance of the infrastructures which are already created. These funds are exclusively released to the Zilla panchayat from the state Government.
These funds are not provided in the budget of the Zilla panchayat & hence it is called the Extra budgetary or non-budgetary Grants. Usually it is released by the State /Central Government to meet out the emergency needs such as to provide drinking water, formation of roads, to create rural employment at the drought prone areas, for the control of epidemic diseases & to meet the deficiency of the budget.
The Chief Accounts Officer through his Accounts officer (Audit & Compilation) conducts the internal audit of the different departments/Institutions, which are coming under the administrative control of the Zilla panchayat. He will watch the expenditure of the implementing officers against the grants released to them. He will also keep an eye on the strict adherence of the norms prescribed for schemes during their implementation by the Executives.