No medical treatment on state expense: Punjab CM
Provincial government order applies to legislators as well
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