Jammu: Grappling with power crunch, the Jammu and Kashmir government has initiated measures to checkmate the misuse of electricity. Very soon, only senior officials will be able to avail air conditioners.

The state government has directed all departments that officers falling under Rs 10, 000 pay- scale can avail air conditioners while offices falling under winter zone of the state have been prohibited from using ACs.

Director General (Budget) of Finance Department recently issued a circular which stated that air conditioners were purchased without any prior permission and there was no provision of budget for them.

Many offices including those in winter zone have two to eight ACs, the circular reads.

The offices coming under the summer zone of the state will use ACs, but they can avail this benefit from April-September, the circular stated.

As per the directions, officer cannot buy ACs under the Central flagship scheme or other schemes run by the Central government. In case of need, the officer can take permission from the ministry concerned.