"PFMS...would help in tracking and monitoring the flow of funds to the implementing agencies," Jaitley said, adding that due to the monitoring of funds, "one can know the actual status of utilisation of funds by the multiple implementing agencies of the central and state governments".
The ultimate purpose of implementing any scheme is to ensure that the benefits reach to the last mile, he added.
In his address to senior officers of the finance and other ministries, Jaitley also talked about implementation of various schemes through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mechanism.
He expressed the hope that soon PFMS will progress towards a government wide Integrated Financial Management System as a comprehensive Payment, Receipt and Accounting System.
Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said 13 Central Sector Schemes are under PFMS had picked-up great momentum in the last two years and all the states "are now on board with the central government as far as acceptance of PFMS is concerned".
He said that PFMS has enabled the government in taking forward the DBT initiative with collateral benefits of plugging leakages and eliminating ghost beneficiaries.
Payments to 34.19 crore beneficiaries have been made through PFMS and there are 21.72 lakh programme implementing agencies registered on PFMS.
This has been achieved on the strength of PFMS having an interface with 170 banks including the Reserve Bank of India, the secretary said.
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