Cash-strapped govt comes out with new measures to rationalise non-priority expenditure


New Delhi, September 4

The authorities on Friday requested all ministries /departments to overview appointments of consultants, curtail capabilities and ban use of imported paper for printing as a part of measures to rationalise non-priority expenditure. 

The finance ministry has issued the directions on expenditure administration with a view to enhancing the standard of public expenditure, containing non-developmental spending and making certain availability of satisfactory sources for essential precedence schemes, the Department of Expenditure stated.

“In the context of the present fiscal situation and the consequent pressure on Government resources, there is a need for further economy and rationalisation of non-priority expenditure, while protecting and preserving priority expenditure,” the division stated in an workplace memorandum.

With regard to administrative expenditure, the Department of Expenditure, beneath the finance ministry, stated no printing or publishing of books, publications, paperwork shall be executed on imported paper, besides the place printing is completed overseas by Indian missions.

“Expenditures on functions such as celebrations of Foundation Day etc, should be discouraged or if felt necessary be appropriately curtailed. In any case, travel for such functions and provision of bags or mementos should be avoided,” the ministry stated. 

It requested all of the ministries /departments to hold out a overview of the person consultants appointed by them in consonance with the provisions of General Financial Rules (GFR) and scale back the variety of consultants to the minimal requirement.

“Due economy may be observed while determining the fees of the consultants and care may be taken that such fees are not disproportionate to the quality and quantity of work to be carried out by the consultants,” it added. 

With regard to new positions, it stated there shall be a ban on creation of recent posts, besides with the approval of the expenditure division.

“If any post has been created after July 1, 2020, under delegated powers or authority, without approval of Expenditure Department and have not yet been filled, then shall posts shall not be filled. If it is deemed absolutely essential to fill them, proposals may be sent for approval of Department of Expenditure,” it added. 

Earlier this week, the finance ministry had requested ministries / departments/ PSUs and public sector banks to not print calendars, diaries, greeting playing cards and schedulers in bodily format henceforth.

It additionally banned printing of coffee-table books and as a substitute inspired use of e-books. PTI



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