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:
- Delay Compensation (state liability)
- Wages (State liability as it relates to unemployment allowance or wages beyond 100 days)
- Admin expenses
- 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.