Covid-19 fallout: U’khand govt goes for massive austerity drive
Directs ban on increment, training in foreign destinations and meetings in hotels
Bracing up for the financial crunch the Covid-19 pandemic has precipitated, the Uttarakhand government has started taking comprehensive austerity measures. In a letter directed to all the head of departments (HoDs), the chief secretary (CS), Utpal Kumar Singh has said that proper financial management and austerity should be observed by them. He said that all the posts which are not required should be abolished and the employees deputed there should be adjusted elsewhere. A total ban would be imposed on increment and upgradation of posts on higher scales in the current financial year. The CS also directed that barring departments like health and police, no new posts should be created in the departments and regular and temporary appointments on class IV posts would remain banned. He also directed the department heads that all the ongoing projects should be completed on time and useless projects should be scrapped. The departments have been asked to cut expenses on foreign visits and air travel would be sanctioned only when it is very necessary. All government officers would compulsorily travel in economy class in airlines only when absolutely necessary. The state government would not allow its employees to attend such training sessions or seminars in foreign countries where the expense is loaded on the government. The CS said that in the education department where a major share of budget is spent, necessary teacher student ratio should be maintained and surplus teachers should be shifted to the schools where they are required. In the order, the CS said that the meetings in the hotels should not be organised.
It is worth mentioning here that the state government has already frozen the Dearness Allowance (DA) of its employees and effected 30 per cent deduction in the salary of the MLAs and ministers as part of its austerity measure.
Thursday, 11 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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