The government’s construction major, Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has undergone a major digital transformation enabling payments worth Rs. 20,000 crore per year electronically.
CPWD has networked all the 400 field offices of CPWD across the country through a special integrated portal ensuring digital payments from the month of August. The company executes over 25,000 project works across the country involving annual payments of over Rs. 20,000 crore every year including remote, hilly and north-eastern regions.
The new digital payment mode covers over six lakh transactions. The office of chief controller of accounts (CCA) of the ministry of housing & urban affairs has designed special Public Financial Management (PFMS) portal for CPWD.
The portal enables real time monitoring of expenditure in respect of each of the 25,000 projects across the country. PFMS is an end-to-end solution for electronic processing payments, tracking fund flow, monitoring, accounting, reconciliation and reporting etc.
PFMS has been adopted by the ministry of housing & urban affairs since October, 2015 by which the allocation of Rs. 34,000 crore has been transferred electronically. With CPWD now going digital, the volume of e-payments of the ministry and CPWD would be about Rs. 60,000 crore during FY2017-18.
In yet another initiative, electronic Measurement Book (e-MB) has also been developed for CPWD that enables reporting of progress of works online as per the schedule of agreement with contractors based on which payments will be made. e-MB has been made mandatory from the first of next month doing away with manual reporting by all the 400 field offices.
Durga Shanker Mishra has directed CPWD and CCA to further ensure geotagging of physical progress of works for effective monitoring.