No med­i­cal treat­ment on state ex­pense: Pun­jab CM

Pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment or­der ap­plies to leg­is­la­tors as well

The Asian Age - - World -

Lahore, Sept. 16: The gov­ern­ment of Pun­jab prov­ince of Pak­istan has banned for­eign vis­its and treat­ment abroad on state ex­penses by any min­is­ter, mem­bers of pro­vin­cial assem­bly (MPAs) or of­fi­cial, the Dawn re­ported in its ex­clu­sive re­port on Satur­day.

It has also slapped ban on re­cruit­ment against va­cant posts and up­grade of posts be­sides pro­cure­ment of lo­cally as­sem­bled and im­ported new ve­hi­cles out of the cur­rent and de­vel­op­ment bud­gets.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has di­rected all administrative sec­re­taries, com­mis­sion­ers, deputy com­mis­sion­ers, heads of at­tached and au­ton­o­mous bod­ies and other of­fi­cials con­cerned to re­main re­stricted to their bud­getary al­lo­ca­tions and ob­serve ut­most aus­ter­ity in use of pub­lic money through pru­dent fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

It in­structed its of­fi­cials to strictly curb the waste of re­sources and leak­age of funds.

The strict com­pli­ance of aus­ter­ity mea­sures will also be ap­pli­ca­ble on the lo­cal gov­ern­ments as well. Su­per­sed­ing the Sept 19, 2016, let­ter, the Pun­jab fi­nance depart­ment has is­sued fresh aus­ter­ity and econ­omy mea­sures for 2017-18 to ob­serve fi­nan­cial dis­ci­pline in the prov­ince by ju­di­ciously re­duc­ing ex­pen­di­ture but align­ing with the or­gan­i­sa­tional goals to make them tar­get-based and cost-ef­fi­cient.

Aimed at ef­fec­tive and eco­nomic use of pub­lic money, the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment has banned for­eign air travel of min­is­ters, MPAs and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials through gov­ern­ment fund­ing. Sim­i­larly, no of­fi­cial or elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive will be al­lowed treat­ment abroad at gov­ern­ment’s ex­pense dur­ing the cur­rent fis­cal.

Ban­ning re­cruit­ment against va­cant posts, the gov­ern­ment has rested the power to re­cruit of­fi­cials with the ap­proval of the chief min­is­ter alone. The ban on up­grade of posts, how­ever, will not be ap­pli­ca­ble to the pow­ers del­e­gated un­der the Del­e­ga­tion of Fi­nan­cial Pow­ers Rules, 2016.

In or­der to check ex­pen­di­ture, the gov­ern­ment has im­posed com­plete ban on pro­cure­ment of lo­cally as­sem­bled and im­ported new ve­hi­cles out of cur­rent and de­vel­op­ment bud­gets ex­cept am­bu­lances and op­er­a­tional ve­hi­cles for hos­pi­tals (ex­cept cars and jeeps).

Pun­jab chief min­is­ter She­hbaz Sharif

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