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The monitoring committee, led by Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, on Monday expressed “serious concerns” over the use of SUV/Sedan cars of over 1800cc by government officers and directed relevant authorities to immediately stop the use of all these vehicles by government officials.

The development comes as Dar chaired the second meeting of the monitoring committee to oversee the implementation of austerity measures at the Finance Division, read a statement released by the Ministry of Finance on Monday.

The meeting reviewed the implementation of the decisions of its first meeting on the implementation of austerity measures.

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“The meeting was updated on the status of the use of luxury vehicles and was apprised that a majority of the allocated vehicles have been returned back by the cabinet members. The meeting expressed concern about the non-return of the remaining luxury vehicles and directed the cabinet division for strict implementation of the decision and to get back the luxury vehicles within three days.

The meeting also deliberated on the withdrawal of use of security vehicles and decided to implement the decision in its letter and spirit.

Meanwhile, the monitoring committee entrusted the Ministry of Law and Justice with the task to approach the superior judiciary suggesting implementation of austerity measures in judiciary and approach the Chairman Senate and Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan regarding the use of tele-conferences for all meetings to save time and expenditure.

The meeting was also informed that Ministry of IPC has already approached the provincial governments suggesting implementation of similar austerity measures in their respective provinces.

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It was learnt that the new timing for office work will be 7:30am to 2:30pm and upto 12.30pm on Friday starting from first of Ramadan and will be followed in the summer season as per decision of the cabinet.

“A notification will be issued accordingly in this regard,” it said.

Meanwhile, Dar, emphasising on the current economic situation in the country, directed all the concerned to expedite the implementation of austerity measures with sincerity and true spirit without any exception.

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KU Mar 13, 2023 09:38pm
Useless resolve because no one will report if they are still being used. Meanwhile, the minister won't implement a tax on the elite rich or the retailers or the property dealers, as directed by the IMF. Makes criminal sense when you have a piece of the pie to gain from all business sectors that must be taxed.
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Mushtaque Ahmed Mar 13, 2023 10:30pm
Dar(win) stressed on evolution. If you do not change, you will disappear.
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Hanzala Ishfaq Mar 13, 2023 11:32pm
These types of measures are just to cheat the people rather than actual measures that should be taken like imposing a tax on property giants etc.
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IMTIAZ CASSUM AGBOATWALA Mar 14, 2023 02:11am
Have you been sleeping? Too late to realize .
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Hussain Mar 14, 2023 02:47am
Bring looted money back? What about the Rolls Royce roaming in London?
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Maqbool Mar 14, 2023 12:39pm
Well done Mr Dar good move, but you always fail on implementation of your policy’s . For example you need revenue ,what have you done about That two major markets in Karachi, Saddar and Jodia Bazaar, paid more taxes than Lahore and Islamabad's markets combined. You’re done Nothing as usual . Is it because its your home city ? No it’s tax free duty free !.?
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