The Defence Secretary Mr G Mohan Kumar has urged the officers and staff of the Defence Accounts Department to devise innovative ways to transform the activities of the Department from being a normal facilitator to a dedicated and effective service provider. Addressing the 270th Defence Accounts Department Annual Day in New Delhi on October 1, 2016, Mr Kumar lauded the role of the Department in expeditiously implementing the much awaited OROP scheme for Ex-Servicemen which was notified by the Central Government on November 7, 2015. He also complimented that the Department discharges its onerous responsibilities with the help of its committed manpower of about 19,000 at a budget of approximately Rs 1,306 crore. He specifically emphasised on the application of new technology to make the accounting and disbursing processes more accurate and efficient so as to bring smiles on the faces of the people.
The Defence Secretary on the occasion presented "Raksha Mantri Awards for Excellence" to the officials of the Department selected for their outstanding contribution in the areas of successful implementation of OROP scheme, designing of Project Tulip Office Automation System and making a documentary film on disciplinary proceedings during 2015-16.
The Financial Advisor (Defence Services) Mr Sunil Kohli and the Controller General of Defence Accounts Mr N Neihsial also addressed the gathering.
The Defence Accounts Department traces back its history to 1747 where the first Pay Master was appointed for paying the Garrison at Fort Williams, Kolkata. The Department was re-designated as Defence Accounts Department from Military Accounts Department in 1951.