"The ministries or departments are directed to issue instructions to all concerned for not utilising the infrastructure of any CPSE by the officers or staff in the government departments and that any such use shall attract suitable action against them," a senior official in Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.

He said that the Centre had in 2010 issued instructions in this regard. "There were instances of non-adherence of the government's directive. Now all secretaries of the ministries have been asked to ensure that use of facilities or CPSEs infrastructure by the government staff should be immediately discontinued and its directive is strictly complied with," the official said.

The Centre has already liberalised procurement of computers for official purpose and laptops can be given to Deputy Secretary and above levels on functional requirement basis. Reimbursement of telephone charges has been fixed at a liberal scale.
"Purchase of new vehicles on functional requirement is being permitted and instructions also exist for hiring of private vehicles to augment the government fleet to meet functional requirements.
"Facilities like fax, AC etc. to individual officers are provided by the concerned ministries as per requirements. The ceiling on consumption of diesel or petrol in staff car has been fixed at a reasonable level. Therefore, the existing instructions already cater to the issue of providing requisite facilities to officers based on the requirements of modernising government offices," the DoPT order said.

A committee was also formed by the government to review the use of CPSE facilities and infrastructure by ministries staff or officers. "The government has decided that there is no need to access any infrastructure facilities of the CPSEs by the officials of the central government," it said.

If, for any exceptional circumstances, any officer, for a bona fide purpose related with official duties connected with the CPSE entrusted to him, has to utilise the facility from a CPSE, the Secretary in the Ministry or department will have to authorise such usage for specific period after careful assessment of the situation, the DoPT order said.

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