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3. Previous publication of vesting orders and schemes. - On cases in which private persons apply for a vesting order or a scheme or modification of a scheme, and in all cases in which it is proposed to depart in any respect from the ascertained wishes or presumable intentions of the founder of an endowment, there shall ordinarily, and unless the Central Government otherwise directs, be precious publication of the proposed vesting order or scheme or modification.
4. Mode of previous publication. Unless the Central Government is of opinion that a proposed vesting order or proposed scheme or modification of a scheme may be made or settled without previous publication, it shall publish a draft of the proposed order, scheme or modification or a sufficient abstract thereof, for the information of persons likely to be affected thereby.
(2) The publication shall be made in the Official Gazette and in such other manner as the Central Government may direct.
(3) A notice specifying a date on or after which the proposed order, scheme or modification will be taken into consideration by the Central Government should be published with the draft or abstract.
(4) The Central Government shall consider any objection or suggestion which it may receive from any person with respect to the proposed order, scheme or modification thereof before the date specified in the notice under sub-rule (3).
5. Costs.- The cost of the previous publication under Rule 4 of any proposed order, scheme or modification of a scheme, and any other costs incurred or which may be incurred in the making of the orders or in the settlement of a scheme or modification of a scheme, shall be paid by the applicant for the order, scheme or modification, as the case may be, and, if the Central Government so directs may be paid by him out of any money in his possession pertaining to the trust to which his application relates.
6. Securities which may vest in the Treasurer. - No securities for money except the securities mentioned in Clauses (a), (b), (bb), (c) and (d) of Section 20 of the Indian Trusts Act, 1882 (II of 1882), shall be vested in the Terasurer.
7. Accounts of trusts consisting of immovable property. -In the case of property vested in the Treasurer other than securities for money, the person acting in the administration of the trust and having, under sub-section (3) of Section 8 of the Act, the possession, management and control of the property and the application of the income thereof, shall in books to be kept by him, regularly enter or cause to be entered full and true accounts of all moneys received and paid respectively on account of the trust, and shall, on the demand of the Central Government, submit annually to such public servant as the Central Government may appoint in this behalf, in such form and at such time as the Central Government may prescribe, an abstract of those accounts and such returns as to other matters relating to the administration of the trust as the Central Government may from time to time see fit to require.
8. Fees. The following are prescribed as the fees to be paid to the Central Government in respect of any property vested under the Act in the Treasurer :i) In the case of property other than securities for money, the actual charge incurred by the Treasurer in the discharge of his functions in respect of he property.
(ii) In the case of securities for money, at the rate of one Paisa for every rupee of interest collected. The fee shall be charged on interest by rounding off the amount to the nearest rupee, fractions of a rupee below fifty Paisa or more being reckoned as one rupee.
(2) The Treasurer may deduct any fees payable to the Central Government under this rule on account of any endowment from any money in his hands on account of such endowment. If he holds no such moneys the amount shall be claimed form the administrators of the endowment.
9. Vesting orders how filed. - All copies of vesting orders received by the Treasurer shall be filed together and shall be numbered in consecutive order of their receipt; when a sufficient number have been received they shall be bound in volumes. A note shall be made on each vesting order of any entries in the registers prescribed under these rules relating to the property vesting in the Treasurer under the order.
10. Registers of securities. - On the receipt of any securities for money, or on their purchase by himself, the Treasurer shall record their receipt in a register in Form 1. He shall also keep a separate account for each endowment in Form 2, in which he shall record all receipts including any amount sent for investment, and all disbursements. In the cash account in Part - II of Form 2 the Treasurer shall record only his own transactions (such as the payment of the money to the administrator), and not the transactions of the administrators of the endowment fund.
11. Stock Disposal Register. - The Treasurer shall enter all securities returned or sold by him in a register in Form
3. Returns shall also be entered in Form 2, where the amount returned will be deducted from the capital of the endowment concerned.
12. Custody of Securities. - On the issue of a vesting order under Section 4 of the Act in respect of any securities for money, the person authorized under Section 6 of the Act to make the application for such vesting order shall, as soon as practicable, forward to the Treasurer the said securities. The Treasurer shall, after recording the receipt of the said securities in the registers kept under Rulef10, take steps, as soon as practicable, to have them converted into stock and keep the stock certificate in his custody. After conversion, entries shall be made in the Treasurer’s Stock Register in Form 7. A consolidated register showing the securities (e.g., Promissory Notes and the Stock Certificates) in the custody of the Treasurer shall also be maintained in Form 8.
13. Accounting of Interest. - The Treasurer, on receipt of any interest securities, shall pass it through his General Trust Interest Account under a special Sub-Head “Interests on Charitable Endowments under Act VI of 1890”. The interest will then be distributed to the various ledger accounts in the register in Form 2, in which the gross amounts shall be shown, any deductions for fees, etc., being shown as a charge, and the payment of the balance to the administrators being shown as a disbursement. The Treasurer shall maintain personal, ledger account in the Reserve Bank and shall make payment to the administrators by cheques. The entries in the ledger of interest received shall be taken out and agreed annually with the total amount of the interest drawn.
14. Balance Sheet. - The registers in Form 1 shall show all securities vested in the Treasurer as such. In order to prove the balance actually held by the Treasurer in his own hands, a balance sheet in Form 4 shall be made out actually and agreed with the actual securities in the Treasurer’s possession. Such agreement shall be certified on the balance sheet.
15. Publication of accounts. - A list of all properties vested in the Treasurer and an abstract of the accounts of th the interest and the annual agreement of balance shall be published in the Official Gazette on the 15 June of each year.
16. Register of property other than securities. - The Treasurer shall enter in a register in Form 5 any property other than securities which becomes vested in him, and shall record in the same register against the original entry a note of any property of which he is divested.
17. Form of publication of list and abstract. - The list of properties vested in the Treasurer to be published annually under Rule 15 shall be in Form 6. Part - I will relate to properties other than securities; Part - III will relate to securities and will also contain the abstract of accounts required by the Act to be published. The Treasurer shall demand and receive acknowledgements of the correctness of the balances when so published, from the administrators of endowment funds or from any one or more of their body who may have been authorized by the administrators to give such acknowledgements and such acknowledgements shall be furnished within 3 months from the date of publication of accounts in the Official Gazette.
18. Audit. - Arrangements for annual audit of the Treasurer’s accounts shall be made by the Comptroller and Auditor-General.
DESTRUCTION OF OFFICE RECORDS CONNECTED WITH ACCOUNTSThe destruction of records (including correspondence) connected with accounts shall be governed by the following Rules and such other subsidiary rules consistent therewith as may be prescribed by Government in this behalf with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor-General.
1. The retention period specified in Column (4), in the case of a file, is to be reckoned form the year in which the file is closed (i.e., action thereon has been completed) and not necessarily from the year in which it is recorded.
2. In the case of records other than files, e.g., registers, the prescribed retention period will be counted from the year in which it has ceased to be current.
3. In exceptional cases, a record may be retained for a period longer than that specified in the schedule, if it has certain special features or such a course is warranted by the peculiar needs of the department. In no case, however, will a record be retained for a period shorter than that prescribed in the schedule.
4. If a record is required in connection with the disposal of another record, the former will not be weeded out until after all the issues raised in the latter have been finally decided, even though the retention period marked on the former may have expired in the meantime. In fact, the retention periods initially marked on such records should be consciously reviewed and, where necessary, revised suitably.
NOTES.Before any pay bills/pay registers are destroyed, the service of the Government servants concerned should be verified in accordance with Rule 257 (1).
(2) The periods of preservation of account records in Public Works Offices are prescribed separately by Government.
(3) Where a minimum period after which any record may be destroyed has been prescribed, the Head of a Department or any other authority empowered by him to do so, may order in writing the destruction of such record in their own and subordinate offices on the expiry of that period counting from the last day of the latest financial year covered by the record.
(4) Heads of Departments shall be competent to sanction the destruction of such other records in their own and subordinate offices as may be considered useless, but a list of such records as property appertain to the accounts audited by the Indian Audit and Accounts Departments shall be forwarded to the Audit Officer and or the Accounts Officers, as the case may be, for his concurrence in their destruction before the destruction is ordered by the Head of Department.
Note – The principle to be adopted in respect of files having financial implications and hence liable to be called by audit for inspection is that such files should be retained for a period of five years after they have been recorded. If, at any time during the period of five years, an audit objection having reference to the transaction dealt with in that file arises, is received, the file will not be destroyed until after the audit objection has been settled to the satisfaction of the audit. Also, if local audit does not take place within the period of five years, the Head of the Office should ascertain from the audit authorities whether they have any objection to the files relating to the earlier years, due for weeding out by the application of the five year formula, being destroyed or retained for a further period for scrutiny by the audit party and, if so, for what period.
While records may be reviewed and weeded out at periodical intervals in the light of the retention periods prescribed to avoid their build-up, the attempt should be to make a continuous and conscious effort throughout the year to weed out unnecessary records. In other words, the working rules should be “weed as you go”.
1. The retention period specified in Column (4) in the case of a file, is to be reckoned from the year in which the file is closed (i.e., action thereon has been completed) and not necessarily from the year in which it is recorded.
2. In the case of records other than files, e.g., registers, the prescribed retention period will be counted from the year in which it has ceased to be current.
3. In exceptional cases, a record may be retained for a period longer than that specified in the Schedule, if it has certain special features or such a course is warranted by the peculiar needs of the Department. In no case, however, will a record be retained for a period shorter than that prescribed in the schedule.
4. If a record is required in connection with the disposal of another record, the former will not be weeded out until after all the issues raised on the latter have been finally decided, even though the retention period marked on the former may have expired in the meantime. In fact, the retention periods initially marked on such records should be consciously “reviewed and where necessary revised suitably”.
The pre-check to be applied to all payments by the departmentalized Accounts Officers includes a check against provision of funds also. It is an important part of the functions of the Accounts Office to see that no payment is made in excess of the budget allotment. In order to exercise an effective check in this behalf, a separate register (DDO-wise Bill Passing-cum-Expenditure Control Register –Form CAM –9) should be maintained in the Accounts Officer for each Drawing Officer and by sub-heads and units of appropriation so as to ensure at the time of passing each bill that the amount of the bill under check is covered by Budget allotment. If the amount of any bill leads to excess over the Budget allotment or is not covered by an advance from the Contingency Fund, the Accounts Officer should decline payment under advice to the authority controlling the grant so that the latter could arrange for additional funds. An Appropriation Audit Register (Form CAM – 62) shall be maintained.
NOTE. – In cases where payment of a bill/claim would lead to excess over the provision under any unit of appropriation the payment may be made by the Pay and Accounts Office only on receipt of an assurance in writing from the Ministry/Head of Department controlling the grant that the expenditure involved is not on a New Service, or New Instrument of Service; that necessary funds to accommodate the expenditure will be provided for in time by issue of re-appropriation order, etc., that a note to the effect has been kept for further action, and that the grant as a whole (i.e., separately under Revenue and Capital Sections) is not likely to be exceeded. This applies in respect of any new item of expenditure, provision for which does not exist in the Budget (as distinct from expenditure on “New Service” or “New Instrument Service” not provided in the Budget) as well as in cases where the existing provisions is not sufficient to cover the payments.
If such a contingency in regard to inevitable payment of a bill should arise towards the close of financial year and the grant as a whole is likely to get exceeded thereby, order of the FA on behalf of the Chief Accounting Authority would have to be sought.
In case the additional funds required are to be made available merely by reallocation (and not by reappropriation) of savings, if any, under the same sub-head of appropriation, the related claim will be passed for payment only after additional funds therefor are allocated in writing by the Controlling Officer.
The formula for Price Variation should ordinarily include a fixed element, a material element and a labour element.