Govt restricts overall expenditure of departments for first quarter of financial year

Srinagar 

The finance Department of the Union Territory Government restricted overall expenditure of the departments within 20 percent of budgetary estimates of 2020-21 Financial Year in the first quarter i.e. April to June and issued guidelines for maintenance of expenditure.

An official order to this effect was issued today by the Financial Commissioner (Finance Department) Dr Arun Kumar Mehta.

The Finance Department Circular said there will be only regular salaries including Children Education Allowance while payment in respect of salary arrears, Leave Travel Concession (LTC), Leave encashment etc will not be made during the period April-June 2020 without prior consent of the Finance Department.
“Transport Allowance will not be drawn in respect of employees who haven’t attended the office during lockdown period,” the Circular said.

Regarding medical treatment, the Government order said, advance payment will be made only in emergency cases while as far as office expenses are concerned only committee liabilities will be cleared which can’t be avoided.

On RRT, publication and other charged, the Finance Department has ordered that no expenditure will be incurred and in only exceptional cases, the file can be sent to the Finance Department.

“Expenditure for Outsources Manpower/Wages shouldn’t exceed one-fourth of the budget in first quarter,” the Circular read.

It said expenditure on other non-salary heads including minor works, GIA may not be incurred without prior consent of the Finance Department.

“In case of Capex/Plan budget, expenditure on essential activities can be initiated after the formulation of Plan and uploading of work wise activity on the BEAMS with prior approval of the Finance Department.”

The Finance Department directions came in the wake of Coronavirus situation in J&K followed by lockdown since March 24.

It may be mention here that the Central Government has also suspended payment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to its employees till June 2021.

 

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