The Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari launched Bidder Information Management System (BIMS) and Bhoomi Rashi and PFMS linkage – two IT initiatives of the Road Transport & Highways Ministry that are aimed at expediting pre-construction processes relating to bidding and land acquisition respectively. The Minister also announced the institution of Annual Awards for Excellence in National Highways Projects from this year onwards.
Bhoomi Rashi, the portal developed by MoRTH and NIC, comprises the entire revenue data of the country, right down to 6.4 lakh villages.
The entire process flow, from submission of draft notification by the State Government to its approval by the Hon. Minister of State for RT&H and publication in e-Gazette, is online.
The portal, created for expediting the process of publication of notifications for LA, is now being fully utilized for issuing the notifications.
Bhoomi Rashi portal has been instrumental in reducing the time taken for approval and publication of notifications pertaining to land acquisition.
The Public Financial Management System (PFMS) is an end-to-end solution for processing payments, tracking, monitoring, accounting, reconciliation, and reporting.
It is administered by the Department of Expenditure.
It is implemented by the Controller General of Accounts.
It provides scheme managers a unified platform for tracking releases and monitoring their last mile utilization.
It provides a platform for efficient management of funds through tracking of funds and real-time reporting of expenditure and receipts through treasury and bank interface.
The line ministries/departments utilize this platform to monitor the utilization of funds provided to the implementing agencies and state governments.
PFMS is also used for DBT payments under MGNREGA and other notified schemes of the Government of India.
Introduction of the PFMS resulted in effectiveness and economy in public finance management through better cash management for government transparency in public expenditure and real-time information on resource availability and utilization across schemes. It also resulted in improved programme administration and management, reduction of float in the system, direct payment to beneficiaries and greater transparency and accountability in the use of public funds.