SRINAGAR: The state government on Friday asked its various departments to restrict their expenditure for the ongoing fiscal to 33 per cent of their budgetary allocations.
According to an official handout issued here, commissioner secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary, has issued a circular directing the departments to follow a series of measures by reducing their expenditures.
The circular asks the departments to limit expenditure in the last quarter of the ongoing fiscal in order to “ensure balanced pace of expenditure”, the handout said.
The departments, therefore, have to limit their spending in the month of March to 15 per cent of the budget estimates, it said.
“Any department exceeding this limit will submit a detailed explanatory note to the Finance department by April 10, 2016,” the circular has stated.
The departments have been asked to observe “utmost economy” in organising conferences, seminars, and workshops, the handout said.
They should also avoid organising such events outside the state except for promotion of tourism and handicrafts, it said.
“Ban has been imposed on holding meetings and conferences at private hotels. The government buildings, premises should to be utilised instead,” it said.
The officers, the handout said, have been directed to travel within India through economy class “regardless of entitlement”, the handout said, asking for more use of videoconferencing facility to avoid frequent trips. The officers must look for lowest airfare for travelling, it said.
The other measures recommended in the circular include avoiding purchase of new vehicles and advance payments.
“The administrative secretaries should be responsible for ensuring compliance of the measures the financial advisors shall assist the respective departments in securing compliance of these measures and also submit an overall report to the department of Finance,” the handout said.