Consequent on De-facto transfer of the French Establishment to the Government of India, a Pay Accounts Office at Puducherry was set up with effect from 1st November, 1954 under the administrative control of Chief Commissioner, French Establishment of Puducherry. The nomenclature of the Pay Accounts Officer was changed as Director of Accounts and Treasuries in the Year 1982-83. The main functions and duties of the Directorate of Accounts and Treasuries is exchequer control and custody of Government cash and preparation and submission of State accounts monthly and annually to His Excellency the Lt. Governor of Puducherry and the Central accounts monthly and annually to the Ministry of Finance.
The Directorate of Accounts and Treasuries situated at Puducherry having branch offices at Villianur & Bahour in Puducherry Region and extended its hands with branch offices to the outlying regions at Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam.
Office and Officers
The Directorate of Accounts and Treasuries is headed by the Director of Accounts and Treasuries at Puducherry. The Director is assisted by 6 Deputy Directors, 1 Assistant Examiner (Local Fund), 1 Assistant Superintendent of Stamps, 3 Junior Accounts Officers, 1 Programmer and 1 Stores Superintendent in Puducherry, 1 Deputy Director each at Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam holding charges at branch offices in the outlying regions. One Junior Accounts Officer is also working at Karaikal Branch Office.
Three Treasuries and Three Sub-Treasuries are functioning under this Directorate. The Treasuries and Sub-Treasuries are engaged with the disbursement of Pension Payments, Sale of Stamp Papers, Preparation of Treasury Accounts, Receipt and Payment reconciliations, etc.
The Director of this Directorate also acts as Examiner of Local funds in respect of Local Fund Audit and Superintendent of Stamps in respect of Central Stamp Depot. The Director of Accounts and Treasuries has also been entrusted by the Government of Puducherry with the Examination of Accounts of Local Funds and Municipalities.
The Directorate of Accounts and Treasuries is a combined Treasury-cum-Pay and Accounts Office. To some extent, this Directorate perform functions of the Accountant-General also in as much as the accounts are compiled, fund account is maintained, pension payment is authorized and the Finance Accounts/Appropriation Accounts are prepared in accordance with Finance Department G.O.Ms.No.43/89/F1(B), dt.17-5-1989 and G.O.Ms.No.305/F5/88, dt.20-7-1989.