Government of West Bengal
No. 912-F(Y) Dated: 17th February, 2016
E-Pradan (Online Payment) module of IFMS has been rolled out in all the Treasuries /PAOs vide Finance Department Memorandum No. 1179-F(Y) dated 25.02.2015 & 3044-F(Y) dated 13.04.2015, for all types of claims with certain exceptions.
At present payment of all electricity bills are out of the purview of the e-Pradan and hence being paid by cheque, vide Memorandum No. 4725-F(Y) dated 18.06.2015.
Now, after careful consideration of all aspects of IFMS, the State Government has decided to introduce online Electricity bill payment facility for all bills raised by the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (WBSEDCL) and New Town Electricity Supply Company Ltd. (NTESCL).
In order to make online payment of electricity bills to the service provider, each DDO have to create Utility Service Provider Master separately for all electricity connections of WBSEDCL and NTESCL for which bills are drawn. The DDOs are not required to create any beneficiary for this purpose. The same beneficiary name (i,e, WBSEDCL) for both WBSEDCL and NTESCL will be automatically available in non-editable mode at the time of bill preparation.
The system of on-line payment of electricity bills of WBSEDCL/ NTESCL has already been integrated with IFMS for direct payment to the bank account of WBSEDCL for claims of both WBSEDCL and NTESCL.
Acknowledgement of payment can be downloaded from the portal of the respective service provider after T+2 days of successful credit (WBSEDCL/ NTESCL: http://www.wbsedcl.in). Acknowledgement will also be available in e-billing link of IFMS.
This online payment facility of electricity bills will not apply in case of payment out of LF, PL, PD account at present. Such payments will continue to be guided by the existing order vide Memorandum No. 8060-F(Y) dated 26/11/2015 until further order.
Electricity bills raised by any other service provider except WBSEDCL /NTESCL are not covered at present and payment to those service providers will continue in cheque as usual.
In order to avail all types of rebate(s) including rebate for online payment, the electricity bills must be submitted to the Treasury /PAO by the DDOs sufficiently in advance. Treasury /PAO shall ensure payment mandate in time.
DDO’s will give every effort to avail the on-line payment facility at the earliest. However, payment through this procedure shall be mandatory from 01.04.2016.
Detailed Guidelines & User Manuals are available in the Download link of IFMS Portal (www.wbifms.gov.in).
Sd/- H.K. Dwivedi
Principal Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal