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Centre asks officers not to furnish incorrect info about state borrowings

As per the communication sent last month, errors which are bona fide or minor will not attract any action

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State borrowing | Centrally sponsored schemes

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Tamil Nadu has borrowed close to a massive Rs 40,000 crore in four-and-a-half months, compared to Rs 17,000 crore last year
The finance secretary's letter assumes significance as state governments' borrowing and allocation under various schemes depend on the information provided by the All India Services officers deputed in states, sources said

Finance Secretary T V Somanathan has directed officers not to provide incorrect information to the central government concerning states' borrowings and as this would attraction action under the service rules.

The finance secretary's letter assumes significance as state governments' borrowing and allocation under various schemes depend on the information provided by the All India Services officers deputed in states, sources said.

Citing an example of a state facing some difficulty in borrowing in the past due to wrong and inaccurate information, the letter said civil servants are responsible to tender proper advice and provide information in a correct manner.

As per the communication sent last month, errors which are bona fide or minor will not attract any action.

The Government of India gives permission to states for borrowings and releases funds under various . The exercise is carried out based on information provided by All India Services officers, including IAS and IPS, posted in states.

The letter also cautioned states that the finance ministry would send the names of erring officers to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) so that action can be taken, the sources said.

The action may include denial of foreign posting and central deputation, among others.

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First Published: Thu, May 05 2022. 20:57 IST
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