Circular No. 80/80/94-CX
Dated 21/11/94
 
F.No.268/26/94-CX-8
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Revenue)
Central Board of Excise and Customs, New Delhi

Subject : Non-verification of PLAs and non-reconciliation of revenue receipts by Chief Accounting Officers - system detects - Instructions for speedy reconciliations - regarding

The Public Accounts Committee (1987-88) in their 110th Report (8th Lok Sabha) and in 16th Report (9th Lok Sabha) expressed disappointment over the issue of non-completion of reconciliation of revenue figures in the monthly statements of Range Officers with the figures booked in the accounts of PAOs so as to ensure proper accounting of revenue and recommended that Ministry should make concerted efforts to complete the reconciliation work within a specified time limit and the progress of the work should also be periodically monitored by higher authorities. Accordingly the Central Board of Excise and Customs vide their Circular No. 15/90-CX-8(F.No.263/9/90-Cx-8) prescribed a time limit of six months for completing the work of reconciliation and instructed the Collector to pay more attention to the reconciliation work.

2.    C&AG vide para 2.22 of Audit Report 1992-93 (No.4 of 1944) have however once again brought to the notice of the PAC the

(i)    Delay in receipt of PLA by CAO from Range Officer and in verification of PLA with monthly accounts prepared by PAO;

(ii)    Non-verification of PLA wherever received;

(iii)    Non-completion of reconciliation of revenue figures reported by Range Officers and PAO;

(iv)    Non-verificaiton of receipts of refund revenues; and

(v)    Delays in Public Sector Banks  in remitting duty collections.

According to Audit, the pendency in respect of verification and reconciliation by CAO is very alarming and in some Collectorates it is pending right from 1988-89 onwards. It was also pointed out that huge amounts are shown as 'less credit'  and 'more credit'; and pending final adjustment from 1988-89 onwards. Reports received from Collectors suggest that adequate attentions are not being paid on this item of work, resulting in huge pendency on account of inadequate staff strength delay in receipt of Quadruplicate form focal bank/nominated range officer and receipt of incomplete challans. As pointed out by PAC in their reports reconciliation of revenue receipts / refunds is very important in the 'revenue accounting system' and non-reconciliation would lead to frauds by unscrupulous assessees and reporting  to incorrect revenue figures to the Government.

3.    The issue raised on above paras have been examined by the Board. It is observed that Chapter XII of the Revenue Accounts manual (copy enclosed) deals with procedure on the reconciliation of revenue receipts.

3(1)    As per the procedure, monthly revenue statement shall be prepared on the basis of duplicate copy of challans received from Assessees and sent by Range Officers to CAO so as to reach him by 10th of the following months.He shall also send quadruplicate copies of TR-6 challan and copies of PLA showing all details of payments to Chief Accounts Officers so as to reach him by 10th of the following month.

3(2)    Chief Accounts Officers are required to check the credit entries in PLA from the original treasury documents.  The scales of checks with reference to credit entries shall be 100% , 25% and 5% at the level of U.D.C., D.O.L. level I/II and A.C.A.O. or C.A.O. respectively. CAO shall also reconcile the monthly statements of revenue receipts received from the Range Officers with the figures booked by the Pay and Accounts Officer in his monthly account  with the supporting challans and trace the challans as entered in the monthly compilation sheets of revenue compiled by the Pay and Accounts Officers in respect of each focal point bank.

3(3)    Any amount mis-classified in the Pay and Accounts Officers should be pointed out to the Pay and Accounts Officers and got set right through transfer entries on the spot. A statement is required to be prepared by CAO in the check register of tax revenue receipts about the particulars of challans which remain unreconciled either in the monthly statement of range officer or in the compilation sheets of Pay and Accounts Officer.

3(4)    While in case of challans appearing in the compilation sheets of the Pay and Accounts Officers but not in the monthly statement of the Range Officer (a case of more credit in PAO's Book), Chief Accounts Officer should initiate the correspondence with the Range Officer, in case the challans appearing in the monthly statement of Range Officer but not in the compilation sheets of the Pay and Accounts Officer (A case of less credit in PAO's books) the Pay and Accounts Officers shall make the correspondence with the concerned focal point bank.

    For this purpose the Pay and Accounts Officer will refer to the check register of the Chief Accounts Officer.

3(5)     The adjustment of the outstanding items shall be made in the check register and shall be reviewed by the Chief Accounts Officer every month to see that it has been posted properly and items do not remain outstanding for long.

3(6)    Similarly, Pay and Accounts Officer will maintain a register wherein progressive differences shall be worked out at the close of every month. This register will be posted from the check register referred to above and the items remaining outstanding for over three months shall be specifically brought to the notice of Collector by the Pay and Accounts Officer by 25th of every month for taking up the matter with concerned officer (Para 12.13 refers).

4.    In the above connection, it has been decided by Board that -

4.1    The time limit prescribed for submitting copy of PLA and revenue statement so as to reach to the office of CAD by 10th of the following month should be strictly followed irrespective of the fact that assessments have not been completed.

4.2    CAO shall complete checking of credit entries in PLA from the original treasury documents (original copy of TR-6)received from PAO within 15 days of receipt of said document from Range Officer, i.e. latest by 25th of the following month.

4.3    Reconciliation of revenue receipts by the CAO with the Pay and Accounts Officers figures reported in his monthly statement should be completed within 10 days from the date of receipt of scrolls.

4.4    Follow up actions for adjustment of less credit / more credit should be taken up by PAO/CAO with respective focal point bank/Range Officer within three months form the date of noticing such less credit/more credit etc.

4.5    In any case reconciliation work in respect of any given period should be completed in all respects within six months as laid down in Board's Circular No.15/90-CX.8 dated 22.3.90.

4.6    In no circumstances there should be delay in forwarding copies of PLAs to CAD on the pretext that assessment is not complete.

4.7    Steps should be taken to ensure prompt receipt of quadruplicate copies of the challans by the Range Officers through the nominated Central Excise officers If necessary, the nominated Range Officer should be asked to depute an officer to the focal point bank for the collection of the quadruplicate copy of the challan instead of waiting for their despatch by the focal point bank in a normal course. Similarly the Range Officer may depute an officer to be nominated Range Officer and collect copies of the challnas concerning their range.

4.8    Wherever the facility of computers exist the same should be used for monitoring of the verification / reconciliation by CAO after developing the requisite software.

5.    The Collectors should personally monitor the reconciliation and verification by conducting monthly review of the work done by the CAO and PAO and submit a monthloy report to the Principal Collector by 29th of every month (as prescribed in the proforma indicating the discrepancies noticed and action taken to adjust the previous month's discrepancies). The Principal Collector should closely monitor and ensure timely completion of revenue reconciliation work.Reconciliation in any case should be completed within six months. Instances of non completion of reconciliation within the stipulated time frame shall be however brought to the notice of the Board by the Principal Collector along with reasons there of and remedial measures taken.

6.    The position and progress of reconciliation work should also be reported in a separate para in monthly report submitted by Collector to Board.

7.    Directorate Genral, National Academy of Customs, Excise & Narcotics shall organise the courses for imparting the necessary skills / training to the persons posted with CAO/ACAO/other Accounts staff so as to train them on the issue of reconciliation of revenue receipts and their proper accountal.

8.    In the prescribed proforma for inspections of various offices, particularly Collectorate, a paragraph on reconciliation of revenue receipts should be added immediately  aftger the Revenue realisation para.  During Inspections, the progress in this regard should be seen.  Detailed comments on the progress should be given by the Inspecting Officer.  Non-reconciliation of Revenue receipts should be studied and commented in detail and the specific action proposed against defaulting officers.

Sd/-
(I.P.Lal)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Proforma
Monthly Statement for Revenue Reconciliation
 
Collectorate : 
Month : 
 
Amount Booked by 
PAO 
 
Amount Booked by 
Range Officer 
 
Discrepancies noticed by CAO
 
 Adjustment against previous months pending
(1)
(2)
Less Credit 
(3)
More Credit
(4)
Less Credit 
(5)
More Credit
(6)
 
Amount pending reconciliation
(Total Progress)
Amount of refund granted
(bokoed by PAO)
Remarks
Less
(7)
More
(8)
(9)
(10)