KOHIMA, July 10 (NEPS): Dr TM Lotha, Adviser, Treasuries & Accounts, Relief and Rehabilitation, has today expressed his dismay at the pathetic conditions the department (Treasuries & Account) had in its other district offices. He disclosed that almost all the District Treasury Offices were being run with poor furniture and without even enough computers.
Speaking as chief guest at the 14th General Conference of the Nagaland Finance & Accounts Service Association held at Conference Hall of the Directorate of Treasuries & Accounts here on Friday, Dr Lotha disclosed that soon after becoming the Adviser, Treasuries & Accounts, he visited some of Treasury Offices and Training Center (Institute) at Dimapur. “I have seen most of the offices and the Training Center (Institute) at Dimapur and found that they are in a very pitiable condition, besides there is acute shortage of faculty members,” he added.
The Adviser also said most of the Treasury Office Buildings were without proper security fencing and security guard rooms, while some Treasury Offices and many Sub-Treasury Offices were being run in rented buildings. He said even the Treasury Officers were using very old and outdated vehicles which were 15 years old. Many officers had actually given back these vehicles to the department as they could no longer use them and they were without any vehicles now, he stated.
Dr Lotha, however, informed the officers and members of the Nagaland Finance & Accounts Service Association that he had already apprised the Chief Minister with regard to the Training Center (Institute) and other issues facing the department. The response from the chief minister was “very positive,” he said hoping that “It will be taken up during the current budget session.” “I also hope that the Honorable Chief Minister will also look into the other issues as well,” he added.
Congratulating the officers for maintaining a very high standard of efficient service to the people, the Adviser said if they continued to work together with the same spirit, they could bring about “fiscal discipline in the whole of the state in the near future.”
Stating that they were already in computer age revolutionizing and changing the whole working system in the department, he explained that all the officers should get themselves acquainted and updated themselves with the computer knowledge so that they would be in the system.
Temjen Toy, Principal Secretary and Finance Commissioner, also spoke on the occasion as guest of honor. He said officers in many offices did not keep pace with the fast changing world and further urged the officers and members of the State Treasuries & Accounts Department to keep pace with the fast changing world while working and discharging their duties. At the same time, they also needed to restructure in many areas.
“We have to streamline with the transactions in the state and also to remain as watchdog to various fraudulent activities and other issues,” he added.
The Principal Secretary also read out the speech of the Chief Minister who could not make it in the function as he had to attend a meeting of Northeast CMs at Guwahati. The Chief Minister’s inability to attend, the Adviser, Treasuries & Accounts, Dr Lotha was made a chief guest.
Earlier, Daso Paphino, president of Nagaland Finance & Accounts Service Association, also Joint Director in the Directorate of Treasuries & Accounts, delivered his presidential address on the occasion. He highlighted many activities of the department since its establishment in 1980.
The program was chaired by K Tiayanger Tzudir, Director, Treasuries & Accounts, while the Vote of Thanks by Z Mesen, Principal Director, Treasuries & Accounts. Officials from the Treasuries & Accounts, Members of the Nagaland Finance & Accounts Service Association attended the program.