ISLAMABAD: The federal government has imposed a ban on purchase of motor vehicles for official use. The government imposed the ban under austerity measures.
The finance division in a circular said that financial constraints forced to take the step.
The government has taken austerity measures for fiscal year 2021/2022:
(i) There shall be complete ban on purchase of all types of vehicles. The ban shall not apply on purchase of motorcycles, student buses, ambulances and firefighting vehicles.
(ii) There shall be complete ban on creation of new posts except those required for development projects.
(iii) Privilege of periodical, magazines, newspapers etc. to the entitled officers will remain restricted to only one.
(iv) The government directed the principal account officers to ensure rationalized utility consumption. The expenditures on purchase of assets and maintenance should be bare minimum level.
(v) The government offices should use both sides of of paper for communications.
(vi) Officials should hold meetings through internet only. Officials can hold meeting physically with justifications.
The finance ministry constituted a committee to look into the needs of ministries and departments. The members of the committee:
(i) Additional Finance Secretary (Expenditure) (In Chair)
(ii) Senior Joint Secretary/ Joint Secretary (Expenditure-CGA) (Member)
(iii) Senior Joint Secretary/ Joint Secretary (Expenditure-concerned Ministry/Division) Finance Division (Member)
(iv) Representative of the concerned Ministry/Division /Department.(Member)
(v) Deputy Secretary (Expendpre-CGA) (Secretary)