Probationers of Indian Civil
Accounts Service (ICAS)
called on the President of
India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at
Rashtrapati Bhavan on 14th March
2014. Probationers were
accompanied by Shri Jawahar
Thakur, Controller General of
Accounts and some other senior
officers of Civil Accounts
Organization.
Addressing the probationers, the
President said that the Indian Civil
Accounts Service was carved out of
the Indian Audit and Accounts
Service in 1976 as part of reforms in
India's Public Financial
Management System. The idea was
to separate statutory audit and
accounts at the federal level. The
President stated that he was happy
to note that the system has worked
well. The Civil Accounts
Organization has, over the years,
progressed in the right direction
and has developed systems not only
to keep pace with developments in
Information and Communication
Technology but also to fulfill the
aspirations of the common people.
The President said that Indian Civil
Accounts Service has very rightly
chosen its motto 'Koshpoorvah
Samarambhah' from Kautilya's
'Arthashastra'. A strong and well-
managed treasury function is the
base for all kind of planning in
governance and development; and
also the outcome of good
governance. Today there is a rising
expectation among the public for
greater efficiency in delivery
systems. To address these concerns
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e-Scholarship through PFMS
Government approves PFMS
Auditing can be interesting
Experiencing India while Learning PFM
Shaking hands through capacity building
Learning at Grassroots
PAO, Bhopal Gas Victims
A day to cherish
Shri Jawahar Thakur, Controller General of Accounts
presenting the memento to the Hon'ble President of
India Shri Pranab Mukherjee
Enchanted in Andmans!!!

it is imperative for government departments to
modernize their systems and make them
citizen-centric. He said that he was happy that
the reforms introduced by the organization
were in the correct direction.
The President stated that use of modern ICT
tools is the key for all government agencies to
achieve higher efficiency and make optimum
use of available human resources. The Civil
Accounts Organization was one of the first
organizations in India to have started using
computers in government business initially. He
said that he had an opportunity to inaugurate
the 'Government e-Payment Gateway' (GEPG),
developed by the Civil Accounts Organization
on October 31, 2011 in his capacity as the
Finance Minister. The idea behind developing
an e-payment system was to eliminate
beneficiary-dependence on government offices
and officials; and instead directly credit funds
into their accounts. With e-payment initiative
the Payment Life Cycle has shrunk, thereby
improving systemic efficiency.
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March, 2014
Year 2014 started with great news to
cherish. The Government of India
approved the National Roll-out of CPSMS
as a Central Sector Scheme and renamed it as
the Public Financial Management System
(PFMS). This is a big responsibility for Civil
Accounts Organization. Apart from a report on
this, we are carrying another interesting story
on e-scholarship. This explains how PFMS is
helping government at every level in
implementing the plan schemes.
Recently ICAS probationers got an opportunity
to call on the President of India Shri Pranab
Mukherjee. Apart from the cover story on this,
one of the probationers M. Renuka has shared
her experience of visiting Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Long awaited fifth Assembly of Association of
Government Accounts Organizations of Asia
(AGAOA) was held in Thimpu. Member
countries agreed to have more activities under
the banner of AGAOA. India has to play a major
role in the capacity building for the officials of
member countries. We have a detailed report on
this at the back cover.
Civil Accounts Organization in its relentless
pursuit to share knowledge with other
countries organized many international
programmes in this financial year. We have one
report on ITEC-SCAAP programme that recently
concluded. This has been contributed by one of
the participants from Kyrgyzstan. INGAF is
training 100 Afghan officials in four batches on
Internal Audit and PFM in 2013-14. We have a
report on the ttraining of third batch of Afghan
officials.
ICAS probationers of 2012 batch, as part of their
Bharat Darshan, went to Andaman Nicobar
Islands. Revathy D. has done a report for our
popular Post Card page. Dr. N. Shravan Kumar
has filed an interesting story on his village
attachment in Haryana.
We have a new contributor for our newsletter in
this issue. Sreedevi V Nair has shared her
experience of training on Internal Audit, she
underwent recently. We look forward to have
new contributors in every issue of Civil
Accounts Newsletter.
Vivekanand – Asstt. Controller General of Accounts
Dr. N. Shravan Kumar – Deputy Director, INGAF
Revathy D. – ICAS Probationer
M. Renuka – ICAS Probationer
Jagmohan Parsoya – Faculty Member, INGAF
Sreedevi V. Nair – AAO, Deptt. of Supply, Mumbai
Eliza Bortoeva – ITEC Participant from Kyrgyzstan

“If this integration was done a couple of years
back, I would not be a victim of bureaucratic
hassles in payment of my scholarship amount. I
have so far received scholarship for years 2009-
10 and 2010-11 only. For another two years
2011-12 and 2012-13, I am still in queue even
after completing all the formalities. The balance
amount is Rs. one lakh sixty thousand. Only after
getting it, my father would be able to pay back the
loan amount.”
Ahshan Ahmad, Student of NIFT, Delhi is not the
only victim but there is plethora of such
episodes in the non-transparent age old system
of disbursement of funds to beneficiaries under
various schemes of Scholarships.
The age old system of disbursement of
scholarships through cheques and cash
certainly appears like a medieval period
maritime ship having no time line once the
direction is lost. Tracing out its reason for delay
is practically terrible for a student.
Information and Communication Technology
(ICT) is believed to be a powerful tool and
catalyst for accelerating economic development
of a society. It has considerable potential for
delivering public services.
Under e-initiative, various MIS systems of
concerned Ministries, Departments and other
Government Agencies maintain online database
of students which is available in public domain.
Anyone can view the beneficiary list online on
respective Web portals. However these MIS
e-Scholarship through PFMS
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Systems have no mechanism to identify the
ghost beneficiaries as the identification of
students for scholarship remains with the
institutes. Further, there is no mechanism to
identify whether the same beneficiary is paid or
the point of time when one is paid.
Integration of
Online Scholarship
Management
Systems with
Public Financial
Management
System (PFMS)
would be a
milestone in
establishing a
system for
transparency and
accountability in
managing the
scholarships paid
to thousands of
students all across
India from the
metros to the most
remote villages.
PFMS will provide
online real-time MIS for bank accounts credited
against the students list. This will provide the
audit trail to the Administrative Ministries as
well as the State Agencies and other MIS Users
of different hierarchy on one click. Verification
of details for grievances could be done online.
There would be no need to verify passbooks and
seize the registers. One can verify whether the
same amount is been credited to the beneficiary
account one was eligible for and also the
timeliness of payment as per Guidelines.
Further, the system eliminates the manual
intervention once the beneficiary list is final.
For Central Government Scholarships,
e_Sanction and e_Bill would be generated by
Program Division and payment will be made by
PAO of the Ministry through Government
e_Payment Gateway (GePG). For scholarships,
the previous process of disbursement involved
the money
travelling
through up to
s
i
x
administrative
layers. Now, it
w o u l d b e
reduced to a
t w o - s t e p
process by
process of re-
engineering
t h e r e b y
shrinking the
period of
disbursement
cycle. It is also a
step towards
green and clean
environment as
i t
w i l l
discontinue the need of issuing millions of
cheques every year.
Added to this, PFMS provides online payment
status to the beneficiaries by merely entering
the Aadhar number or bank account number on
the link 'Know your payments' on home page of
PFMS web portal.
March, 2014
- Vivekanand

Government approves National Roll-out of
Public Financial Management System (PFMS)
Based on the successful implementation of
the Central Plan Scheme Monitoring
System (CPSMS) in a few states such as
Bihar, MP, Mizoram, Punjab, Kerala and Odisha,
etc. the national rollout has recently been
approved by the Cabinet with a total outlay of
Rs. 1080 crore over the 12th Plan period (i.e. up
to 2016-17). Now CPSMS will be known as
Public Financial Management System (PFMS).
The rollout of Public Financial Management
System will result in better cash management
for the Government, greater transparency and
accountability in public expenditure.
The project organization structure will
comprise the Project Implementation
Committee (PIC) at the apex level, a Central
Project Management Unit (CPMU), State Project
Management Unit (SPMU) initially in 19 states
and District Project Management Unit (DPMU)
in each district to facilitate the pan India rollout.
For this national roll out of PFMS 1 post of HAG
level and 22 posts of SAG level have been
created. 19 posts will be operated at State PMU
level and rest 4 will be operated at Central PMU.
In addition, posts required below SAG level,
including the technical posts as per the
approved structure, viz. CPMU, SPMU and as
approved by the Ministry of Finance will also be
created soon.
Public Financial Management System (PFMS),
earlier known as CPSMS, is a Central Sector plan
scheme being implemented by the Controller
General of Accounts. PFMS is a comprehensive
on-line Financial Management Information
System (FMIS) which provides for a financial
management platform for all plan schemes,
database for all recipient agencies and
integration with Core Banking Solution of all
banks handling plan funds to enable efficient
and effective tracking of fund flow to the lowest
level of implementation of the plan schemes.
As a 'Network of networks', PFMS is also
designed to interface with all state treasury
systems to provide information across all plan
schemes/ implementing agencies on resource
availability and utilization, leading to better
monitoring, review and real time decision
support in programme implementation. All
Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) payments under
various schemes of the Government are being
made through this system and online payment
information made available to ultimate
beneficiaries.
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Life was going smooth, I was relaxed and
enjoying my routine life. One fine day I was
informed that I had to undergo training for
five weeks at INGAF, RTC Mumbai. The subject
…..INTERNAL AUDIT!!!
A group of 20 participants were going to the first
batch of trainees from INGAF, RTC Mumbai and I
was one of them. Five weeks of lectures on Audit
seemed too long and boring (where I was sure of
sleeping through the lectures). But I was in for a
surprise!
On the first day each of us were given a heavy kit
with lots of books, pen, pencils, which gave an
indication of “This is serious Studying and you
have to be alert”. Here I was not an AAO but a
student going to my new school, to learn the basic
of Internal Auditing. (With bag and books).
Various topics relating to Internal Audit i.e.
Standards of Internal Audit, Audit Planning, Use
of IT in internal Audit, Combating Frauds etc.
were covered during these five weeks. Faculties
and guest lecturers, who were very distinguished
and scholarly in their respective fields,
introduced these topics to us. They left no stones
unturned in trying to make us understand the
concepts of internal audit, which were new to us.
The word “Auditing” no longer seemed boring! I
had no idea that Information
Technology could be used to combat
fraud! It was interesting to learn
about the various prima facie
evidences that could be collected to
detect IT Fraud. The use of IDEA
Technique also gave a new insight
into the developments that
government was making to improve
the standard of our organizations.
The final week saw three groups,
that we were divided in, going to
different offices for conducting “Real
Internal Audit” . This was the best
and the most tiresome part of the
audit, as we were used to being the Auditees and
not the Auditors! Various vouchers and registers
had to be checked, objections raised had to be
justified with supporting documents and related
rules. We had to analyze the vouchers from risk
point of view also. Though this was a part of
training, the audit being conducted had to be
real…!
Finally , Audit report had to be submitted , which
was in itself a joy to make because the report was
a fruit of our own efforts and also it truly justified
the hard work done by our faculties in teaching us
to do the 'right thing at the right time'. The cream
on the cake was when one of my team members
was declared first among the 20 participants.
This training has made me realize that the
internal control systems that we learned could be
used in our own organization, every day and in
our own way. We can assess our organizations
work and try to take corrective actions. The main
objective of the training would be achieved only
by putting in practice the techniques learned
during the training.
March, 2014
Auditing can be interesting
- Sreedevi V. Nair

As a part of Indian Technical and Economic
Cooperation (ITEC) program my
candidature was selected for a three-
week duration course on Public Financial
Management (PFM),
which consists of Accounts,
Budget, Audit, Banking and Finance. The
Program was organized by Institute of
Government Accounts and Finance (INGAF),
New
Delhi and sponsored by Ministry of External
Affairs,
Government of India.
33 participants from 24 countries located in
different continents participated in the training
program. The program provided us a unique
platform to interact with people from different
cultures speaking different languages and
having different geographical backgrounds.
The Controller General of Accounts,
Government
of India,
inaugurated the program. It was a
nicely organized joint inaugural ceremony for
three Public Financial Management Courses
simultaneously for ITEC program, PFM for
Officers of Afghanistan Government and PFM for
Officers from FCGO,
Government of Nepal. The
Inauguration began with welcome address by
Director INGAF followed by lightening of lamp,
which is an auspicious custom in Indian
tradition.
The curriculum of the
program included class
room sessions and visits
to various places of
political and historical
interests,
art and culture
galleries giving exposure
to Indian Heritage.
The contents of the entire
lecture hall sessions were
very specifically designed
to give an overview of
various aspect of Public
Financial Management
System prevalent in India.
Apart from the classroom
sessions, INGAF also
organized local study
tours to have firsthand
experience on functioning
o f
v a r i o u s
Government /Semi -
G o v e r n m e n t
organizations viz. State
Bank of India and Delhi
Metro etc.
To facilitate in-depth exposure on functioning of
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), the
Institute organized a two days long visit to some
villages in the close vicinity of Alwar. Alwar is one
of the heritage cities of Rajasthan – an Indian
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Shri Deepak Das, Director, INGAF presenting the Certificate
of Participation to a participant from Montserrat Island

State. The villages are self-reliant with the help
of NGOs.
The participants were apprised of various
initiatives taken by NGOs with the help of locals
to bring self-reliance, development and
prosperity. It was a unique and enjoyable
experience for all the participants.
The Institute organized a day long trip to Agra
where the participants visited 'The Taj' The
monument is a symbol of Love & Peace and is
one of the most visited places in India. Visit to
other places of historical interests at Agra,
including Agra Fort,
were also organized on the
same day. It was a memorable visit for all the
participants depicting unique picture of Indian
art & culture.
Back in Delhi,
INGAF organized visits to various
places of Religious, Political and Historical
interests viz.
Qutab Minar,
Gandhi Simriti,
Dilli
Haat to bring out historical and cultural heritage
of capital city of India.
The program concluded on 28th February,
2014
with a Valedictory Session in Takshashila Hall,
at
INGAF. Apart from distribution of Certificates,
souvenirs and digitalized course material were
given to all the participants.
I convey my thanks to INGAF and ITEC Division
of Ministry of External Affairs,
Government of
India for organizing such an informative
program which not only familiarized the
participants with various aspects of Public
Financial Management system but also gave an
exposure to great Heritages,
Religions,
Arts and
Culture of India. India,
the largest democracy in
today's world is a model of 'Unity in Diversity'.
Experiencing India has really been an
unforgettable experience in our lives for times to
come. I again thanks for taking care of us in all
possible ways and to make our stay comfortable.
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Eliza Bortoeva from Kyrgyzstan
participated in third ITEC-SCAAP
Programme of 2013-14 on 'Public
Financial Management', organized by
INGAF, New Delhi. She filed this report
after the completion of the programme.
March, 2014
- Eliza Bortoeva

Shaking hands through capacity building
Taking the baton of success from two
previous training programs for the
officers from IDLG, Afghanistan, the third
in the series of four programs was inaugurated
on 5th March, 2014. This programme on Public
Financial Management was sponsored by
Ministry of External Affairs, Government of
India.
Afghanistan, an ancient focal point of the Silk
Road and human
migration is on roll to
learn the intricacies
of public financial
management and the
purpose of this
association is to
enhance ken with a
view to achieve and
imbibe the success
stories of Indian PFM
system and the
related better
practices being
followed in the global
scenario.
As expectations were
already high, the two
weeks program
touched its acme on
the first day itself, with the end of inaugural
lecturers comment, that “this is by far the best
batch and different from previous ones, as they
are focused, keen learners and participative”
and not only that, the entire gamut of guest
faculties had a word of praise for them.
The sessions ranging from PFM, Accounting
Structure, Public Private Partnership, Pension
Payment system, revenue management and
contemporary trends in Internal Audit were
well appreciated by the participants. It was not
only rigorous classroom sessions but awesome
replica on earth of the house of Mumtaz in
paradise; the Taj Mahal was also in the agenda of
every participant. The program ended with
valedictory session on change management
which was another highlight of the program and
top of it, the level of enthusiasm of the
participants during the valedictory ceremony
was quite amazing, as they were more than
willing to grab the certificates and souvenirs of
their colleagues.
Ms. Sujata Prasad, the former Director of INGAF
in her valedictory address to the participants
said that the camaraderie would do wonders for
the two neighbours in the field of Public
Financial Management.
Finally, one of the participants touched our
heart by saying “that the people of Afghanistan
will neither forget the friendship extended by
India nor they will take a single step backward
when it comes to standing by the side of India”.
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- Jagmohan Parsoya

March, 2014
Learning at Grassroots
Villages are the life line for the country. They
abuzz with activities. On one side they spin
the wheel of development through
agriculture, horticulture, sericulture, diary, poultry,
handicrafts, handlooms and so on. On the other side
they are the backbone in continuation and
promotion of culture, art, architecture, sculpture,
music, folklore, literature, traditions, customs and
harmony in community life.
Amidst this contribution and splendour, villages are
bogged with issues of disparity and inequity on
lines of gender, caste, religion, education, health,
employment and well being. These differences have
their reflection on socio-economic, political and
cultural spheres upon activities in the village.
Gandhiji believed overcoming of these disparities as
a silver line for realization of goal of Swaraj.
Since independence policymakers through various
schemes and programmes have put onus on
promotion of opportunities for education and
employment, provision of facilities for health,
sanitation and drinking water, construction of
houses, eradication of poverty and abolition of evil
practices of untouchability female infanticide,
discrimination and disharmony in the society from
village level for development in the country. For
achieving this, measures for strengthening of
Panchayati Raj institutions are being initiated from
time to time.
An understanding and appraisal of these is key for
each of the functionary from bottom to helm in the
bureaucracy in the country. The foundation course
for young officers through a visit to rural areas gives
an ample opportunity to know about the prospects
and problems in the villages. My visit to Khanpur-
Khurd village of Jhajjar District in Haryana as part of
my Foundation Course is a memorable experience.
It is of a two-way learning process through exchange
of opinions and experiences with villagers.
The responses elicited by people in village
showcases steady transformation from a hamlet to
present stage with 95% having concrete houses,
cent percent cement roads, sanitation, drinking
water, health centres, anganwadis, primary to
higher secondary school and so on. The village
panchayat is headed by a woman. The women and
under privileged communities are having a say in
the functioning of panchayat in the village.
The awareness of public on issues of rights of
women, child and as electorate is resulting in
bringing a change through improvement in sex
ratio, education of girl child, assertiveness in raising
their demands for Parks, Roads, Libraries,
Electricity, Water and so on in Gram-Sabha
meetings. The public are also aware of ongoing DBT
Scheme. They are enthusiastic and raised many
queries about the scheme. Upon our answers for
their questions they expressed their urge for
implementation of this scheme in their village too.
This way the learning process at grassroots is
amazing and marvelous.
- Dr. N. Shravan Kumar

PAO, Bhopal Gas Victims
Tragedy was the backdrop in which the
Pay and Accounts office, Bhopal Gas
Victims was established 8 years after the
disaster struck the city of lakes on the
intervening night of 2nd and 3rd December
1984. Situated opposite to the Old Vidhan
Shabha this is one of the small Pay and Accounts
offices destined to support the accounting
function of the disbursement of compensation
to the 5.74 lacs of victims.
In 2010, this office was entrusted with the
additional responsibility of disbursing the Ex-
Gratia payment to the victims of the Bhopal Gas
Tragedy. The tiny office with all the support
from its Principal Accounts office raised to the
occasion to grab the opportunity of proving the
capability of the Civil Accounts Organization in
taking proactive role in citizen centric initiative.
While developing IT based system “Rahat
Lekha” it did not forget to take along all the
stakeholders including the Judiciary. Apart from
a Pay and Accounts officer, two Assistant
Accounts Officers, three Accountants and one
MTS, there are one data administrator and a few
data entry operators whose undaunted will to
work hard has helped to complete almost 95%
of the task within a very short span of time.
Pay & Accounts office, Bhopal Gas Victims, as the
name itself suggests, was a melancholy, until it
was awarded the CGA's Best Practice award in
2011 for its innovative approach in disaster
management.
While the Tribunal module of the “Rahat Lekha”
captures the data and generate sanction letters
for the Judiciary in the Tribunals, the PAO
module of the software does the Pre-check and
generates bank advices. The office has won the
heart of the victims with this significant work.
Know our PAO
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March, 2014
March 14, 2014 – a day to cherish in all
our lives for years to come. We had the
opportunity to visit The Rashtrapati
Bhavan for the first time.
Dressed in uniform beautiful green sarees and
majestic bandhgalas, we assembled ourselves
before the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 10.30 am.
After the routine security check we were
escorted to the actual multidimensional
splendor that is the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
We were informed by Ms. Rosy Gupta, a
voluntary guide at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, that
this palace has got four floors and three forty
rooms. We were taken to the Durbar Hall which
was once known as the throne room during
British rule. The Marble Hall, the piano key type
table, use of Indian bells in the pillars, the flora
patterns, the dome, the architecture as a whole
made us all wonder how would a life as an
occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhavan be like.
We also had a chance to have a glimpse of
replica of the crown… history slowly started
unraveling in front of us.
Further extending this wonderful
memory to be, we entered the
famous Mughal Gardens. This
Persian style of garden is situated
at the back of the Rashtrapati
Bhavan.
After the brief visit to the garden
we were taken to the Yellow
Drawing Room (YDR), eagerly
awaiting the president's arrival.
Sharp at 12.30 pm entered the
Honourable President of India
Shri Pranab Mukherjee. Floral
welcome was given by Shri
Jawahar Thakur and Shri Deepak
Das. With an informative welcome
speech by Shri Jawahar Thakur,
began our actual day with the
President of India.
It was indeed a unique opportunity for both
Mr.Harsha (ICAS 2012 Probationer) and myself
when we shared our training experiences
before the Honourable President of India. Heart
pumping at its fastest rate, the adrenaline rush,
a feeble voice at the back of my head asking not
to forget any line and to top it off, an audience
including the first citizen of our country, was
one grand combination that will linger till the
end of my life.
The official photograph with The President of
India finally marked the end to our visit to
Rashtrapati Bhavan. At around 1.30 p.m we left
the Rashtrapati Bhavan with head held high for
clearing the prestigious civil services
examination. The hard work, struggle, effort
was definitely worth it….
- M. Renuka
A day to cherish

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Having heard so many stories, I was
looking forward for our visit to Andaman
and Nicobar Islands. A glimpse of its
beauty from the flight kindled the curiosity
further and I couldn't wait to explore. For an
instant the thought crossed my mind “OMG! Will I
be out of civilization?” I was proved wrong.
“Ping”. Message on WhatsApp. The infrastructure
and development of the island capital impressed
me and would match with those of metropolitan
cities.
Within hours of landing at Veer Savarkar Airport,
we were at Corbyn's Cove Beach enjoying the
nature. Completely exhausted, we returned back
to the Circuit House. Having recharged our
batteries for the day, we set out to Wandoor
beach. The transparent blue water at Wandoor is
a treat for the eyes. Enthralled by its beauty, we
hardly noticed the time and played in waters till
all our energy was drained out. We had to drag
few of our friends out of water because we didn’t
want to miss the Son-et-Lumiere (Sound and
Light Show) at the Cellular Jail. The Cellular Jail,
now a National Memorial, takes our memories
back to those of freedom struggle and sacrifices
made by our forefathers. With many places left
out at Port Blair, we started our trip to North
Andaman.
We had studied about the vast forest resources of
Andaman in books. Experiencing it live was
breath-taking. The lavish green sceneries were
refreshing the heart and soul. The mysterious
creations of the nature kept me wondering and
reminded me 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert
Frost. We passed through Jarawa tribes reserved
area,crossed two straits, travelled a long distance
to Diglipur. But the scenic beauty of Ramnagar
Beach and Karmatong beach was worth the
journey. Turtle nesting at these beaches has been
taken care by the Forest department
meticulously and we got handful of information
about the varieties and lifecycle of turtles. One
Enchanted in Andmans!!!

March, 2014
night stay at Mayabunder infused fresh energy
into all of us. The Dingi ride to Parrot Island was a
memorable one (little scary too). The sight of the
birds, cool breeze, and water splashing on faces
was a different experience. We dint forget to click
snaps in that scared moments too. On our return
to Port Blair, we stopped over at Dhani Nallah
Mangrove walk way. It's an initiative to promote
eco-tourism by the forest department and
directorate of tourism. We came to know about
other such eco-tourism activities and
conservation projects taken up the government
in North and Middle Andaman.
We visited the Anthropological Survey of India,
the oldest Saw Mill setup by the British,
Chidiyatapu and Mount Harriet National Park.
These places had their own importance and the
view from Mt.Harriet was magnificent. We had a
special photo session at the location, which is
depicted on the backside of 20 rupee note. The
visit to Ross Island needs a special mention. The
island stands up against the damages caused by
the Tsunami. The buildings and monuments
built during British time are still standing
against the odds of nature. One of the best
locations for photography and for lovers of
history and civil engineering.
The next day was the most awaited day – To
Havelock Island. This island is the main tourist
attraction spot and one could easily identify the
reason. The Radhanagar beach with shallow and
clean water thrilled us. It brought out the
childish nature in all of us and few of us were
trying to show their skills on sand art!! The
location of Dolphin resort in itself was amazing
and the dinner at Anju Coco would be cherished
forever. Trip without shopping? We can't
imagine. We were shopping freaks on the last
day of our trip and yes it included gifts for family
and friends too.
- Revathy D.

Editorial Team
Deepak Das, Akhilesh Jha, Supriya Nath, Ishwaran Deol
The 5th Assembly of AGAOA (Association of
Government Accounts Organisations of Asia)
was organised in Thimpu, Bhutan on 19th and
20th December of 2013.
The theme of this assembly was “Strengthening Public
Financial Management through use of ICT”.The 5th
Assembly of AGAOA was represented by Bangladesh,
Bhutan, India and Nepal.
The chair of AGAOA transferred from Bangladesh to
Bhutan. Mr. Choiten Wangchuk, Director General,
Department of Public Accounts, Bhutan is new
chairperson of AGAOA.
The Assembly was inaugurated by Mr. Namgay Dorji,
the Finance Minister of Bhutan. In his keynote address
Mr. Dorji advised to use AGAOA platform to have tie
ups with centers of excellence worldwide in the field
of public financial management, accounting and
auditing. He also outlined the challenges accounting
organizations are facing worldwide. He informed the
house about the commitment of Government of
Bhutan for good governance which is one of the four
pillars of Gross National Happiness Index of Bhutan.
All participating countries agreed on regular
interaction among member countries and also on
designing and delivering capacity development
programs for the professionals of accounts
organizations using the platform of AGAOA. It was also
decided to plan the future assemblies in such a way
that all member countries get adequate time and they
participate to make the AGAOA platform more
effective, meaningful and responsible.
Shri Jawahar Thakur, CGA India suggested that
member countries of AGAOA should explore the
possibilities of exchanging officers for better
understanding and appreciation of the Public
Financial Management Systems in other countries. He
also emphasized to extend the membership of AGAOA
to other Asian and even non-Asian countries. He said
that INGAF will keep offering the special training slots
to AGAOA member countries.
March,2014
Volume III, Issue I
5th Assembly ends at high note in Thimpu