Jawahar Thakur has taken over as Controller General of Accounts on 1st July, 2012. He belongs to the Indian Civil Account Service of 1979 batch. He is first officer of the Indian Civil Accounts Service to hold this coveted post. Mr. Thakur is a Post Graduate from Delhi University and also a Law Graduate from Delhi University. He has a Degree of M.Sc. in Public Economic Management from University of Birmingham, UK and also holds Diploma in Public Financial Management from the University of Strathclyde, UK. He has acquired professional certifications in Policy Planning and Public Financial Management from various institutes of international repute including University of Georgia and Harvard University, USA.
He has extensive experience in the areas of Public Financial Management and has worked in diverse capacities in various Ministries of Union Government i.e. Department of Earth Sciences, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Science & Technology, Ministry of Labour, Department of Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Home Affairs. He has also worked as Principal Chief Controller of Accounts in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue before taking over as Controller General of Accounts.
He is known for his initiatives in developing an effective financial management information system. His latest initiative was computerization of revenue accounting in Central Board of Direct Taxes that made seamless consolidation and reconciliation of Direct Taxes.
The officer has stressed on the need for building upon new initiatives in the Department of Expenditure. He has enabled design of systems where accounting information is available on a real time basis, which helps decision makers in taking informed decisions and making accounting, financial management and public disclosures systems user-friendly to all the stakeholders.
Controller General of Accounts would be faced with many challenges such as extending the coverage of electronic payments to ensure quick and transparent disbursements, comprehensive redesign of reports pertaining to chart of accounts to make it more informative and improving the effectiveness of internal audit for better financial management in the Government.
With the information system generated by Central Plan Scheme Monitoring System, flow of funds, actual fund position of various implementing agencies would need streamlining for developing a comprehensive fund tracking and expenditure management system. This initiative would also help in bringing down Unspent Balances which are lying idle in many bank accounts in various states.
His major initiative will be to create innovative models with Central Plan Scheme Monitoring System for public expenditure tracking, linking it to the last point of transactions in a phased manner and thus ensuring a robust mechanism of internal controls.
He will have to direct his efforts to make civil pension system more user-friendly to reduce the grievances of pensioners. He is also drawing a roadmap to make Public Expenditure Management System free from manual interventions.
Another area which will need attention of the present CGA will be linkage of new classification system of accounts with the accounting codification of the Government of India as well as all State Governments and Union Territories. As Head of the Civil Accounts Organization, he will be required to augment human resources and other resources to the needs of Cadre having more than 250 Group A officers and 12,000 other officials serving all across the nation.