The present government has imposed a ban on creating new jobs, purchase of vehicles, and rationalized utilities spending. It is to be ensured that expenditure is kept at minimal to work towards the austerity drive during the current 2019-20 fiscal year.
Under the IMF program, the ever-increasing budget deficit is quite concerning for the government. Thus, the government is geared up to limit the expenditure through its austerity drive.
Already, the government has imposed a ban on the provision of refreshments like tea or biscuits during official meetings.
Due to financial constraints, austerity measures will be enforced during this fiscal year as per the Office Memorandum (OM) issued by the Ministry of Finance.
These measures include a ban on the purchase of any type of vehicle. Ban on creation of new posts will be imposed unless it is needed for development projects and approved by the competent authority. The entitlement of periodical, magazines, newspapers, etc of entitled officers will be limited to just one. Also, in all the official communications, two sides of the paper will be used.
In order to ensure strict compliance of the austerity measures, all ministries and divisions have been requested to disseminate the instructions to all respective departments under their administrative control.