ISLAMABAD: PTI government slaps new ban on purchase of new vehicles, new jobs and many other things in latest austerity drive.
The PTI-led government has slapped ban on purchase of all types of vehicles, creation of new posts, rationalised utilities spending, provision of one newspaper and keeping other expenditure at bare minimum in order to ensure compliance on austerity drive during the current fiscal year.
The increasing budget deficit is major area of concern for the government under the IMF programme and now the government has decided to show its political will to curtail the expenditure side through austerity drive.
The austerity campaign had failed to yield any positive results during the last financial year 2018-19when the budget deficit escalated to highest ever absolute figures during first year rule of PTI-led regime.
Although, the government had already slapped ban on provision of refreshment such as tea or biscuits during the official meeting which sometimes irritated the bureaucrats. Some official meetings continued to proceed for hours on daily basis so it created problem especially who are diabetes or suffering from other illness.