Kindly note that, Govt. of India, in the  Ministry  of  Rural  Development  has recently  introduced  the   system  of  queueing  of  non-wage  FTOs  as well. Previously, only the  1st  Signatory was allowed to sign non-wage FTOs once the checking formalities of bills are completed. However, signature of the 2nd Signatory was  not  possible  till there was sufficient fund  in  the  state  e-FMS account to clear the amount involved  in the FTO. Now NREGA material payment through NeFMS will be implemented

In the new system,  irrespective of availability of fund,  both the signatories will be allowed  to sign the  FTOs on completion  of necessary formalities. The FTOs, thus  generated  on  obtaining approval  from  the  appropriate  authority,  will immediately   go   into   the   queue   in   the   software   system.   Once  fund   is provisioned  in the state account, the FTOs will  be automatically cleared  on the basis of the sequence  of entering  in  the system.  This will be continuing till the fund  is  exhausted  from  the  state  account.  There  is  a   major  change  in  the queueing  system here  from  the  prevalent  queueing  system  in  the  NeFMS account of wages. While in  NeFMS,  the queueing  is  based  upon the date  and time  of  signing  by 2nd  Signatory,  in  the  non-wage component  through  e-FMS the  queueing  is  based  on  date  and  time  of  signing  by  the  1st   signatory.  To make  it  absolutely  clear,   once  the  bills  are   entered   and   checked,  the  pt Signatory  signs  the  FTOs  and  immediately  the  FTOs  go into  the  queue.  The transaction,   however,   is   not   complete  till  the   2nd   Signatory  gives  her/his approval  by  putting  digital signature  certificate.  Once the  entire  process  is complete,  i.e.  both  the signatories  sign,  the FTOs  will  be eligible  for payment.

However,  once the fund  is  made available,  priority  in  payment will  be fixed on the date and time  of signature  by the 1st  Signatory.

Since  the  system  is  enabled  from   14.03.2018  you  are  requested  to  issue necessary  instruction  to  all  field  functionaries  to  complete  the  process  of approval of all FTOs where the ist  Signatory has already signed, by putting the signature of 2nd  Signatory also.

For  all  future  transactions  please ensure  that  both  the  1st   and  2nd  signatories sign  the  FTOs  after  observing  necessary  formalities  and  without  waiting  for, availability of fund  in the state account.  It is  reiterated that from  now onward signing of FTOs  by both the signatories  is de-linked from  the availability of fund in the  state account.  If anyone waits for the  fund  to  be  credited  in the  state account,  he  may  loose the  competitive edge  in getting  payment on  relative priority.

From now onwards any material bill should be processed by the  ist  Signatory within  7 days from  the date  of  its  entry  in  the system  and  must  be approved by 2nd  Signatory within the next 5 days.

Kindly note that, all the  non-wage  FTOs are grouped year-wise and  into the following categories:

  1. Delay Compensation  (state  liability)
  2. Wages (State  liability as it relates to unemployment allowance or wages beyond 100 days)
  3. Admin expenses
  4. Other material  bills

The  state  will  usually  follow the  priorities  year-wise  and  in  terms  of  the sequence  in  which the  payables  are  listed  (1.  Delay  Compensation,  2.  Wages, 3. Admin Expenses, Other material bills).  The entire  payment system  in  the e-FMS will  be monitored  at State  level  and  we  request the  DPCs  to  please monitor the  same  at  district  level.  If  any  query  is  raised  we  would prefer communication from  the DPC directly to the Commissioner,  MGNREGA.



Subhrapratim De is a Data Entry Operator (DEO/VLE) under MGNREGA Scheme. He is working at the ground level (Gram Panchayat) since 2008 in West Bengal. He has strong background knowledge of computer system, network and operating system. He has knowledge of programming and databases too. Lastly he is a part time blogger.

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