UCO Bank invites online applications from practicing firms of Chartered Accountants in India for empanelment as Concurrent Auditors [FOR THE PERIOD 01-10-2018 TO 30-09-2019] to undertake Concurrent Audit assignment in designated branches/ offices in India. Last date for submission of application is 12-09-2018.
AUDIT & INSPECTION DEPARTMENT
HEAD OFFICE, KOLKATA
[FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR EMPANELMENT OF CONCURRENT AUDITORS]
30th Aug, 2018
UCO Bank invites online applications from practicing firms of Chartered Accountants in India for empanelment as Concurrent Auditors to undertake Concurrent Audit assignment in designated branches/ offices in India.
The Bank is switching over to computer based online Concurrent audit of branches for the audit year commencing from 01.10.2018.In the 1st phase 100 branches will be taken up for online Concurrent audit from 01.10.2018 and in remaining branches will be rolled over to online audit by 01.01.2019.During the role over to online mode there will be simultaneous manual as well as online reporting for these Branches.
The firms who are willing to under take the audit in online environment with NO Additional fees other than the prescribed audit fees fixed by the Bank only have to apply for Concurrent audit through online application portal.
I. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR EMPANELMENT:
a) CA firm should preferably be a partnership concern having experience in the The Bank may also consider the sole proprietorship concerns and in that case they would be required to submit a declaration that they are full time practicing Chartered Accountants and are not employed elsewhere and do not have any other business interest.
b) Audit firms should preferably have qualified Information System Auditor (CISA/DISA) with necessary exposure of system audit. Since all the branches of the Bank are fully computerized, system audit shall form an integral part of audit of the bank.
c) Audit firm should not have been disqualified by any Bank IBA/RBI/ICAI, while taking-up audit work on earlier occasions.
d) Weightage would be given to the CA firms where the partners themselves are ex-bankers or the firm (s) has got tie-up with ex-bankers with requisite experience and exposure.
e) It is to be ensured that the audit firm or any sister / associate concern / network firm is not conducting the statutory audit of the Bank or any of its branches.
f) Weightage will be given to a firm having exposure in conducting concurrent audit of the Bank branches for public sector / major private sector banks.
g) The firm should have necessary office set up and adequate personnel to ensure proper deployment and timely completion of the assignments. The Headquarter or branch of the CA firm should be located at the place for which they wish to take up audit work. Preference would be given to CA firms which are located at the places of our Bank’s Branches.
h) The assignment should be carried out in a professional manner and in case of any misconduct or negligence, the Bank is free to report the matter at any time to ICAI / IBA/RBI. This will be in addition to the disengagement from the Concurrent Audit assignment.
i) The firm will not be allowed to sub-contract the audit work assigned to any outside firm or other persons even though such persons are qualified chartered
j) A declaration to be furnished by the firm that credit facilities availed by the firm or partners of firm in which they are partners or directors, including any facility availed by a third party for which the firm or its partners are guarantor/s, have not turned non performing asset or are existing non- performing assets, as per the prudential norms of RBI. In case the declaration is found incorrect, the assignment would be immediately terminated, besides the firm being liable for any action under ‘CAI/ RBI/IBA guidelines.
k) The firm should execute undertaking of fidelity and secrecy on its letter head in the format prescribed by the Bank.
I) Concurrent Auditors would have to sign Do’s & Don’ts statement in order to have proper arms length relationship with the Branch/ Department of which they are conducting Concurrent Audit. Such undertaking would be submitted
m) Any other terms and conditions of the assignment as decided by the Bank from time to time.
II. SCOPE OF CONCURRENT AUDIT:
- Areas covered in the Bank’s Standard format/module for Concurrent Audit specify the scope of Concurrent Audit. Concurrent Auditor would examine all the transactions and identify the ones which are not as per the Bank’s laid down rules/circulars and guidelines/instructions received from regulators & authorities like Govt. of India, Reserve Bank of India & SEBI etc. from time to time.
- Every quarter Concurrent auditor would also check if there is any wide variation in the cost of deposits and yield on advances as compared to the previous periods as well as Zonal average figures. A copy of the guidelines on the manner of conducting the audit will be provided to the firm at the time of allotment of branches and thereafter from time to time.
- Concurrent Auditors will also get rectified all the irregularities identified by them during the course of the audit. Monthly Concurrent Audit reports should reach Branch/ Zonal Office / Field Inspectorate by the 10th day of the month succeeding the month of reporting under manual environment but under online reporting release the report on 4th – 5th working day of succeeding month, pointing out the remaining irregularities/deficiencies for rectification, with reasons as to why these were not rectified.
- Comment on Bank’s policies or Evaluation of the decisions taken by Branch Managers/authorized officials are beyond the scope of concurrent audit. However, any violation of delegated powers as laid down by the bank and violations of laid down policies, system & procedures of the Bank are within the scope of the Concurrent audit.
III. REQUIREMENTS FROM AUDIT FIRMS:
- Bank would provide to the concurrent auditors a suggestive/illustrative checklist of items/areas to be checked daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly and concurrent auditors should identify the deficiencies/irregularities in accordance with the
- Concurrent Auditors shall be required to get rectified all the irregularities identified by them during the course of Audit and report only those irregularities, which remained un-rectified, with reasons as to why the same were not rectified and submit the Concurrent Audit Report within 10 days of the month succeeding the month of reporting under manual environment but under online reporting release the report on or before 5th working day of succeeding month, to Branch/Zonal Office/Field Inspectorate.
- The concurrent auditor would also be required to report immediately to the Bank’s higher authorities wherever any serious irregularity or transactions involving malafide, corrupt practices and gross indiscipline or any fraudulent transaction is detected by them.
- The Monthly Audit Reports shall be required to be submitted in an approved structured format, which would be provided to the auditors by the Bank. The reports should be submitted within 10 days from the end of the month to which the report relates under manual environment but under online reporting release the report on or before 5th working day of succeeding month. Suitable penal provisions would be applicable for delayed submission of audit reports. The firms should strictly adhere to the format/ Online module and the time limit.
- In the event of Online computer based auditing the instructions / guidelines (regarding auditing , reporting etc) to be issued by the Bank shall be adhered to by the auditors.
IV. TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Applications received from the Chartered Accountant firms in response to the notification, within the given time limit and in the given format fulfilling the prescribed eligibility criteria shall be empanelled by the Bank. The panel shall remain valid for a period of one year i.e. from 01.10.2018 to 30.09.2019 unless otherwise advised in writing.
(b) Engagement of Concurrent Auditors & other conditions
(i) Suitable firms would be identified for each assignment and be approved taking into account their experience and exposure, similar activity carried out for the Bank or other banks, availability of adequate trained resources, location of the audit unit etc. Such approved Concurrent Auditor’s firms would be issued letters of engagement by the Audit & Inspection Department.
(ii) The tenure of the concurrent auditor would be initially for one year and would be subject to renewal every year and can be extended maximum up to a period of 3 years overall at bank’s discretion.
(iii) After completion of specified maximum period of three years, cooling period of one year would be observed for a firm to become eligible for engagement. This will be purely at the discretion of the Bank and no rights whatsoever accrue to the firm for such engagement.
(iv)The concurrent auditors should adhere to the audit coverage strictly as per the scope as may be decided by the Bank from time to time.
(v) The concurrent auditors should not undertake any other activities / assignment on behalf of the branch or unit, other than the activities for which they are engaged, without obtaining the concurrence of the Head Office, Audit & Inspection Department in writing.
(c) Period of Audit/Assignment:
External Audit firms empanelled/selected would be engaged for a period of one year i.e. from 01.10.2018 to 30.09.2019 for the branches/offices identified for monthly concurrent audit.
(d) Performance Review:
The performance of the empanelled firms would be periodically reviewed, at least once a year and if found unsatisfactory, the Bank may remove the name of the Concurrent Audit firm from the panel of the bank .
The empanelled firms may be de-empanelled at the Bank’s sole discretion. If the performance of the concurrent auditor is found unsatisfactory or any serious act of omission or commission is noticed in their working, their engagement may be cancelled at any point of time. If felt necessary, the matter may be reported to ICAI and/or RBI/IBA for necessary action.
(f)Application processes :
Applications are to be made Online. Auditors have to submit a preference of three branches from the enclosed list of branches identified for audit during the year 01.10.2018 to 30.09.2019.
The online application portal will remain open from 30.08.2018 to 12.09.2018 (23:59:59 hrs)
Please note that while filling up online application, the system will display the APPLICATION ID and PASS WORD at the top of second page of online application i.e.affer clicking SAVE & NEXT button of first page. Please note the same immediately for your future reference.
After Final SUBMISSION of the application, the system will not allow to edit or modify your application. Please take the print of your submitted application immediately after clicking FINAL SUBMISSION for your future reference and record.
(g) Documents to be submitted with the application:
No documents need to be submitted with online application. But in the event of any Firm being selected for engagement as concurrent auditor of any of our branches,they are required to furnish printed copy of online application duly signed by the authorised person, self attested photocopies of all documents along with Original documents in support of their credentials furnished in application to their respective Field inspectorate for verification and record. The original will be returned after verification.
In case any of the information furnished by the Firm in application found to be inconsistent with Original documents, the selection of the Firm will be cancelled forthwith. Further, if any such inconsistency(ies) noticed subsequent to engagement even post verification of documents, the engagement will be discontinued with appropriate reporting of Firms name to RBI/IBA/ICAI etc.
The Bank shall send engagement letters to all selected Chartered Accountant firms through respective Field inspectorates having jurisdiction over the concerned branches. However, CA firms which do not get our letter of engagement are to be treated as ” NOT SELECTED” and no further correspondence shall be entertained in respect of fate of their application.
THE BANK RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT OR REJECT ANY APPLICATION AND THIS ANNUAL PROCESS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT ANY LIABILITY AND ASSIGNING ANY REASON THEREOF.
(h) Evaluation of applications;
The application received by the bank would be screened by a Committee of Executives constituted for this purpose, which will consider empanelment of CA firms on a scoring system based on their experience, CISA /DISA qualifications number of partners, seniority, CA firms having tie-up with Ex-Bankers etc. and any other factor considered necessary by the committee for which the decision of the Committee shall be final.
Merely meeting the eligibility criteria shall not automatically entitle the firm for empanelment. After empanelment, the work will be allotted as and when need arises at the sole discreation of the Bank. The empanelment will not give any right to the empanelled firms for carrying out the assignment. The Bank reserves its right to cancel any or all the offers without assigning any reason whatsoever.
(i) Selection of Concurrent Auditors;
Selection of Concurrent Auditors shall be made among the applications received from the chartered accountant firms by the Audit & Inspections department on the basis of a scoring system. The approval of the selected concurrent auditors would be done by a committee consisting of three General Managers. The General Manager (Audit & Inspection) shall be the chairman of the committee. The list of selected concurrent auditors would be placed before the top management of the Bank i.e. Executive Directors and Managing Director & CEO for final approval.
V. Payment Terms;
The audit fee shall be paid to the firm as decided by the Bank from time to time and mentioned in offer letter for allotment of assignment, on submission of the relevant audit reports and the relevant bill along with supporting documents. The
following schedule of fees being paid by the Bank depending on the volume of advances at the branch.
No out of pocket expenses or traveling allowance/ halting allowance would be paid to the concurrent Auditors. However, Goods & Service Tax etc. would be paid as applicable in addition to the Audit Fees. The payment to Concurrent Auditors would be subject to TDS at the applicable rates.
AS WE ARE GOING TO IMPLEMENT ONLINE CONCURRENT AUDIT WITH EFFECT FROM AUDIT YEAR 2018-19 i.e. FROM OCT,2018, BANK HAS DECIDED TO ENHANCE THE AUDIT FEE. FROM OCT,2018.
The Fees structure w. e. f. 01.10.2018 is as under:
|S.N 0.||Range of Advance level of the Branch||Audit Fee (Rs.)|
|1.||Advance up to Rs 25 Crores||Rs 15000/‑|
|2.||Advance above Rs 25 Crores & upto 100 Crores||Rs 18000/‑|
|3.||Advance above Rs 100 Crores & upto 200 Crores||Rs 20000/‑|
|4.||Advance above Rs 200 crores & upto 1000 crores||Rs 25000/‑|
|5.||Advance above Rs 1000 crores||Rs 30000/‑|
|6.||Grid Service Branch- Chennai, New Delhi & CBO Kolkata (monthly)||Rs 15000/-|
|7.||Grid Service Branch-Mumbai with ATBD(monthly)||Rs 20000/‑|
|7.||Treasury Branch||Rs 30000/‑|
|8.||Corporate Department – H.O. (For 2/3|
|Quarterly Concurrent Audit Branches/ Office;|
|1.||AMB,SME Loan Hub, RLH & CPPC, Nagpur||Rs 20000/‑|
|2.||Depository Services Branch||Rs 15000/-|
For any query on submission of application email to firstname.lastname@example.org Please furnish your Mobile No . in the query request for easy and quick resolution of issue.