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A Post-dated Cheque from Cashless Government

Published: 23rd September 2014 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd September 2014 08:06 AM   |  A+A-

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In yet another firm step to curtail the expenditure in view of the financial crunch, the government has issued orders making it clear that no new posts should be created till March 31, 2015. A decision to this effect was taken by the last Cabinet and orders in this regard have been issued. The order, issued  on September 19, says that it is ‘part of fiscal consolidation efforts for control of non-development expenditure and for enhancing revenue realisation, for strict compliance with immediate effect.

“No proposal for creation of new posts should be taken up till March 31, 2015, unless they are part of Central Superior Services or Government of India/GOI agency funded scheme or extremely aided project or the posts are mandatory required under any national or state legislation,” the order says.  No new institutions or agencies should be set up during the current financial year till March 31, 2015, unless they fall under the above said categories.

Where post creation is unavoidable it should be done only after examination by the committee consisting of the secretary (finance expenditure), representative of Personnel & Administrative Reforms Department and a representative of the Administrative Department and the head of the department to identify scope for redeployment or abolition of redundant posts. The order also seeks abolishing of 25 per cent of the 30,000 temporary posts identified as surplus in government.

An expenditure proposal with a total financial impact on the revenue accounts of more than `30 crore over five years will be critically  examined in a committee consisting of the secretary concerned of the Administrative Department and the secretary (finance-expenditure) before approval. Transfers of unspent balances in any head of account will not be allowed in the last two months (February and March 2015) of the year.

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