Chandigarh: As part of austerity measures, the Punjab government has frozen buying of new vehicles by its departments and reduced fuel consumption limits of officials to curtail expenditure by 10 percent this fiscal.

Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa has issued written instructions to all the departments, whereby they have been asked not to purchase new vehicles, spend less on petrol and diesel, repair of vehicles, electricity and telephone bills by 10 percent.

However, minister asked them not to compromise the daily quality work while in austerity mode.

Dhindsa said all the departments have been asked to immediately surrender the budget sanctioned for the purchase of new vehicles.

He said no proposal would be submitted before the administrative department for the purchase of new vehicles.

Minister further said that the departments have also been instructed to consume 10 percent less petrol and diesel as was sanctioned to them.

Similar, the expenditure on the repair of vehicles would also be curtailed by 10 percent. He said that the budget, thus saved by adopting austerity measures, would have to be submitted to Finance Department.

Dhindsa said the consumption limit of petrol and diesel for the official vehicles; Car and Gypsy (Petrol) has been decreased from 290 to 261 litres per month, whereas for Jeep (Diesel) the consumption of diesel has been limited to 261 litres per month against 440 litres.

He said Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners are now entitled to consume 414 litres of petrol or diesel instead of 460 litres per month. Similarly, Sub Divisional Magistrate and Tehsildar could now consume 339 litres of fuel per month instead of 377 litres.

 Dhindsa said officers of Enforcement Wing of Transport Department like, Secretary, RTA, DTO, officers of flying squad at headquarters, Excise and Taxation Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners (District In-charge), Enforcement Officers (not below rank of ETO), would now be entitled for 376 litres petrol per month instead of earlier limit of 418 litres.


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