LAHORE: The Punjab authorities has banned overseas visits and remedy overseas on state bills by any minister, MPA or official.
It has additionally slapped ban on recruitment towards vacant posts and improve of posts apart from procurement of regionally assembled and imported new automobiles out of the present and improvement budgets.
The provincial authorities has directed all administrative secretaries, commissioners, deputy commissioners, heads of hooked up and autonomous our bodies and different officers involved to stay restricted to their budgetary allocations and observe utmost austerity in use of public cash via prudent monetary administration.
Austerity Committee to work on particular instances
Austerity Committee to work on particular instances
It instructed its officers to strictly curb the waste of assets and leakage of funds.
The strict compliance of austerity measures may also be relevant on the native governments as nicely.
Superseding the Sept 19, 2016, letter, the Punjab finance division has issued recent austerity and financial system measures for 2017-18 to watch monetary self-discipline within the province by judiciously decreasing expenditure however aligning with the organisational objectives to make them goal-based mostly and price-environment friendly.
Aimed toward efficient and financial use of public cash, the Punjab authorities has banned overseas air journey of ministers, MPAs and authorities officers via authorities funding. Equally, no official or elected consultant will probably be allowed remedy overseas at authorities’s expense in the course of the present fiscal.
Banning recruitment towards vacant posts, the federal government has rested the facility to recruit officers with the approval of the chief minister alone. The ban on improve of posts, nevertheless, won’t be relevant to the powers delegated underneath the Delegation of Monetary Powers Guidelines, 2016.
So as to examine expenditure, the federal government has imposed full ban on procurement of regionally assembled and imported new automobiles out of present and improvement budgets besides ambulances and operational automobiles for hospitals (besides automobiles and jeeps). The departments involved may also be allowed to buy tractors, dumpers, water bowsers, hearth-preventing automobiles, flood aid and strong waste administration gear and automobiles.
In case of buying automobiles, the respective departments should search prior concurrence of the Austerity Committee and subsequent approval of the chief minister by means of submission of abstract.
The Punjab authorities has additionally sustained its earlier yr’s choice of preserving the ministers’ discretionary and home furnishing grants withdrawn.
Banning procurement of sturdy items together with turbines and air-conditioners besides with the prior approval of the Austerity Committee, the federal government has allowed buy of turbines required for sewage disposal and water provide schemes and operating of tubewells.
The Punjab authorities has directed the executive departments to remain restricted to their budgetary allocations to minimise the incidence of supplementary grants. In case of unavoidable circumstances, the division involved can be required to hunt approval of the provincial cupboard and the cupboard committee on finance and improvement.
With regard to the location of funds in financial institution accounts of entities, the federal government has instructed all departments involved that parking of public funds, offered by the provincial authorities from its budgetary allocation, shouldn’t be allowed in business financial institution accounts of corporations, authorities and autonomous our bodies. As an alternative, the finance division will launch funds to such entities in related SDAs or via regular launch code.
These funds might be additional transferred from SDAs into business financial institution accounts of such entities as per money stream necessities of entities to keep away from pointless parking of funds.
The federal government has allowed that contingent paid employees might be employed, solely in extraordinarily emergent case, in line with powers specified within the Delegation of Monetary Powers Act, 2016. “Nevertheless, the departments shall stay inside the budgetary allocations for this objective and no re-appropriation shall be allowed and no further funds as supplementary grant shall be offered for this head through the present monetary yr.”
The federal government has requested that the Departmental and Particular Departmental Accounts Committee conferences ought to be held frequently beneath intimation to finance division in order to make sure inner audit of respective departments and organisations. It has exempt the Punjab well being division, schooling division, IDAP, Punjab Meals Authority and PAFDA from austerity measures for the present monetary yr. Nevertheless, these departments won’t be exempt in case of buying automobiles and jeeps.
AUSTERITY COMMITTEE: The Punjab authorities has additionally constituted a seven-member Austerity Committee headed by finance minister Dr Ayesha Ghous-Pasha to look at and advocate procurement of automobiles and instances for overseas visits in addition to look at and determine the procurement of turbines and air-conditioners by the executive and hooked up departments, autonomous our bodies, firms and native governments according to the austerity drive to curtail present and improvement expenditure of the provincial authorities.
This committee may also contemplate unavoidable instances of overseas visits and advocate to the chief minister for his remaining approval. “The federal government’s tips nonetheless recommend that the provincial ministers and civil servants shall journey in financial system class on home flights and minister shall journey in a single class under than their entitlement whereas touring overseas.”
The committee members are: MPAs Rauf Mughal, Waheed Gul, Raja Abdul Hanid and Mehwish Sultana and finance secretary may even act as secretary to the committee. The executive secretary of the division involved will even be a member of the committee.
Revealed in Daybreak, September sixteenth, 2017
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