*ISLAMABAD - Federal government has decided in principle to put an end to budgetary allocation of around Rs516 million for gifts and entertainment.*
The proposal to abolish the fund was floated during the recent cabinet meeting and the members decided in unison to stop the practice.
This allocation had been made by the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, which was later approved by parliament.
Of the Rs 516 allocation, Rs3.5 million had been fixed under the head of entertainment and gifts at the disposal of the Prime Minister House.
The cabinet was informed that the Finance Division had been directed to work out in detail the funding for ministries and divisions that could be termed discretionary and present it before the cabinet within a week.
In his first address as premier on August 19, PM Imran had said the country would begin an austerity drive to reduce debt, a campaign he kick-started by announcing to sell his office’s fleet of bullet-proof cars.