New Delhi: Accountability has become an integral part of good governance with aspects like integrity and transparency becoming its part and parcel, Defence Minister AK Antony on Friday said here.

Addressing the 264th Foundation Day ceremony of Defence Accounts Department (DAD), Antony said, "Accountability is no longer restricted to quantitative techniques. It has become an integral part of good governance with aspects like integrity, transparency, responsiveness and sustainability becoming its part and parcel."

He asked the department to enhance its payment delivery mechanism and provide a hassle-free service to the soldiers and their dependents.

"You must strive to provide enhanced customer satisfaction through hassle-free services and prompt and accurate payment of dues to the soldiers and their dependents," said Antony.

He appreciated the programs launched by DAD for efficient disbursement of monthly pay and pension.

"The department has taken steps to implement Dolphin- an online, monthly pay system for Army jawans... It has taken several initiatives to utilize information technology to the maximum extent. The launch of two IT projects 'Vishwak' and 'Bhawan' reflects the resolve to provide user friendly services to the client," he said.

Another project- Sangam- launched by DAD has further simplified the issue of corrigendum pension payment orders after the implementation of recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission, he said.

"The vast range of activities of this department (DAD) includes accounting, payment, pension and audit matters. This gives it a unique advantage of looking at issues from different perspectives. You should strive to utilize this advantage to assist the services in achieving their goals," Antony said.

On computerization of assets owned by the forces and collection of license fee, Antony said, "Project Bhawan will lead to computerization of assets of our armed forces and the license fee will be recovered through a seamless integration with various Pay and Accounts offices of the armed forces."

He said the armed forces can shoulder their responsibilities, fully assured that all accounting, payment, pension and audit matters are being handled by a body of professional and dedicated personnel.