Odisha govt bars foreign tours by its employees, new cars to save costs

No new schemes or projects will be taken up by most government departments as austerity measure for coronavirus-hit economy.

Current Affairs : Odisha on Tuesday gave the use defense measures for all administration offices in the wake of the monetary downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are experiencing an emergency of uncommon nature because of the worldwide pandemic COVID-19. It has presented difficulties in each circle of our life. The State Government has been battling the pandemic energetically to limit the loss. The vital burden of shutdowns/lockdowns at different spots could guarantee the base spread of the infection” said State Finance Secretary Ashok Meena in a letter to all divisions.

“Be that as it may, across the country lockdown/shutdown has intruded on the monetary exercises which brought about a deficiency in the acknowledgment of assets. Then again, COVID the board would require higher consumption. There would likewise be higher spending requirement for creating work and jobs for the most influenced segments of the general public,” he said.

“In this way, all Administrative Departments are required to organize their use needs so as to restrict the use inside the assets accessible with need to make financial space for COVID-19 related use,” read the letter.

As per the measures, no new State Schemes/Projects will be taken up by Administrative Departments aside from Health and Family Welfare Department.

Be that as it may, if any new plan is basically required for emanant open help, the equivalent can be taken up simply after simultaneousness of the Finance Department.

As Expenditure Rationalization gauges, the state government chose to top use on proceeding with State Schemes for the current monetary year 2020-21 aside from plans identifying with Livelihoods in Agriculture and united division and consumption for fighting COVID-19.

“There will be a finished restriction on making of new posts with the exception of Health and Family Welfare Department. In the event that, there is a flat out need for the production of posts for modernization of organization or powerful execution of advancement and government assistance programs, the equivalent will be viewed as just against the abrogation of identical posts with the simultaneousness of Finance Department,” read an official discharge.

As a piece of the justification of consumption on movement and vehicle, there will be a finished restriction on the acquisition of new vehicles for the following two years.

Travel/official visits must be evaded when all is said in done, there will be a finished restriction on movement outside the nation and air travel in business class utilizing government reserves.

Air excursion ought to be maintained a strategic distance from and gatherings through Video Conferencing might be liked. In exigencies, endorsement of power one level higher than the current assignment would be required for the excursion via air.

As justification of foundation consumption, there will be a finished prohibition on acquisition of new hardware with the exception of clinical gear and gear required for interior security.

Be that as it may, gear required for advancing computerized correspondence can be secured with the simultaneousness of the Finance Department.

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