Bhubaneswar: Repeatedly committing to implement the model accounting system (MAS), as prescribed by the Centre, the State Government said, it would be possible if the Centre addresses the deficiency in conducting the Panchayati Raj Institutions Accounts Monitoring Software (PRIASoft).

Even as the Centre has requested to implement the model accounting system-PRIASoft to all States inorder to bring transparency in the execution of all anti-proverty programmes with in a specified time, the software provided shows many deficiencies.

On an earlier conversation with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj over shortcomings in the existing software, Panchayati Raj Secretary P K Jena said generation of scheme-wise daybook, cashbook, consolidated cashbook in a desired format, trial balance and ledger report, receipt statement, income and expenditure report and balance-sheet is not possible. He mentioned about the major problems in the existing software, which includes non-availability of balance-sheet and income and expenditure reports. Besides, the software runs very slow in comparision to the earlier version Project accounting and monitoring information system (PAMIS).

Highlighting the measures taken by the Government to introduce e-Governance to bring transparency, Jena, in a recent letter to Union Panchayati Raj Secretary Kiran Dhingra said, PRIASoft needs to be made user-friendly.

It may be noted that the State introduced PAMIS developed by XIMB here, for maintaining accounts at panchayat samiti and zilla parishad levels. After detecting some shortcomings in PAMIS, PRIASoft was introduced.