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Govt takes step to rein in current expenditure

  • Announces a 40 percent reduction in the fuel usage of government officials and Cabinet members
Published June 8, 2022
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ISLAMABAD: The federal government Tuesday announced its austerity measures agreeing on a 40 percent reduction in the fuel usage of government officials and Cabinet members along with a ban on the procurement of cars, overseas tours and treatments of government officials abroad, and buying of furniture and machinery for government offices.

The federal government also reinstated the weekly Saturday holiday in order to save energy and improve load-shedding management.

The decisions were taken by the federal cabinet at a meeting held in Islamabad under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Addressing a presser following the cabinet meeting along with Qamar Zaman Kaira, Aminul Haq, and Maulana Asad, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb stated that the cabinet had been advised to reduce the petrol quota by 33 per cent for government employees only.

However, the cabinet and premier decided to reduce it by 40 per cent. She said that the austerity measures the government is taking will start from within the cabinet to reduce the burden on the public.

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The federal cabinet also decided to restore Saturday as a public holiday in an effort to “save electricity”. Work from home has been proposed on Friday, she added. The prime minister constituted a committee to review the work from home proposal.

Efforts will be made to make government meetings as virtual as possible, the information minister said. The federal minister said that restoring Saturday as a holiday had an annual impact of $386 million and a $77 billion impact on the import bill.

She said the Cabinet was briefed on the power situation in the country. The country is facing an extraordinary heat wave. She said the demand for electricity is 28,400 MW, whereby, there is a gap of 4,600 MW between demand and supply of electricity.

While talking about the PML-N’s last tenure, she said 14,000 MW was added to the power system in 2018, whereas, the PTI government did not complete any of the power projects. The PML-N has solved the problem of power demand in an efficient manner during its tenure.

The meeting further contemplated the early closure of markets to maximise the use of daylight.

The information minister said that PM Shehbaz would hold a meeting tomorrow with traders and business communities to take them into confidence before making a decision regarding the closure of markets.

The prime minister has been holding meetings for the last two days to overcome the problem of load shedding.

The duration of power load shedding will be three and a half hours till June 15. With the operation of more plants after June 15, the duration of load shedding will be reduced to three hours, said the information minister.

Moreover, she said the duration of load shedding will be reduced to two and a half hours from June 25 to 29. On June 30, power outage will be reduced to two hours, she further said.

The cabinet meeting would ratify the decisions of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on June 3, and a plan for load shedding would be presented by the Power Division.

The information minister added that the cabinet meeting was briefed on ways to reduce load shedding and better the energy situation. It was also informed that the supply chain was facing shortage.

The federal cabinet also discussed renewable energy projects in detail.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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Mumtaz Ahmad Nadeem Jun 08, 2022 10:16am
The government austerity measures are being appreciated. Its not up to only a news just for the satisfaction of poor people of country but it should be strongly recommended for all the Government Officials, Cabinet and also for the whole nation. A separate audited report should be presented in the cabinet and then it should be published in the newspapers. Its also suggested to save energy especially electricity, fuel and gas the offices for all government sector and non government and private sector should must be open at 7.00 AM or 8.AM (8.00 AM for only those employees whose residence is for away from their home) and it should be implemented from March to April as 8.00 AM to 3 PM and from April to September 7.00 to 2 PM. Refer to another news about the Public Holiday for ( Half Day for Friday and Full Day's for Saturday is only for Government offices or it will be implemented for all the Private Sectors too.??. Malik Mumtaz Mehdi Senior Audit Officer. LAHORE.
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Dabeer Razvi Jun 08, 2022 11:17am
I only hope that these measures are implemented. Government has to tighten its belt and other unnecessary expense should be done away.
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MalikSaabSays Jun 08, 2022 01:14pm
Unless law is made that every department has to pay for its employees from its own resources, Unless law is made that there will be no free lunch, no free phone, no free electricity, no freebies for any Judge, General etc. Unless law is made, it is all smoke and mirrors!
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samir sardana Jun 08, 2022 06:57pm
Plan the power cuts in a manner to peak,on certain days of the week,with peaking "peak load tarriffs" Aim is to make people WORK MORE - but on LESSER DAYS . Lack of power and peak load power tarriffs will make industry RESCHEDULE their PPIC,to say 4 days of the week,and for the rest Saturday is off, and 1 more day can be easily shutdown Basiically,if 1000 factories are making socks on the same day using peak load tarriff and still have lack of orders and unused capacity - the entire output of the 1000 factories can be met by say 300 factories at full capacity.The 300 factories will use less power than the 1000 and if there are 50 workers in each factory,35000 workers can be on holiday ! Rest can go on home-holiday and watch TV.More fuel is consumed in transporting workers to and from work - than in making socks.dindooohindo IT IS TIME TO SWEAT THE HUMAN ASSETS AND SHUT DOWN SUPERFLUOUS CAPITAL ASSETS !
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