Govt bans fresh recruitment, curbs grant in-aid

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 8th Nov: In order to check expenditure from the government coffer, the state finance department has put up a ban on direct, part time, contract, ad-hoc and casual recruitment, grant in-aid and procuring furniture & luxury items with immediate effect. An order issued by principal secretary (finance) effected the ban on excess authorisation of fund outside the budget provision except for CSS & CPS share, salary and pension. Moreover, no financial commitment will be entertained to any department. Moreover, departments collecting major taxes and non-tax revenues will be instructed to increase their revenue target, the order stated. Regarding the ban on recruitment, the order stated that the existing ban on direct, part time, contract, ad-hoc and casual recruitment will continue to exist including post creation and filling up of vacant posts. However, salary expenditure for promotion will be sanctioned from the state’s own source or consolidated fund as grant in-aid. Except for recruitment approved by the state cabinet and those in process, all other recruitment plans will be stopped, it added. The order further mentioned that all new entities given to functional or territorial as grant in-aid or consolidated fund by the state government have also been banned. Releasing fund for departments will be carried out on priority basis and state share of centrally sponsored schemes will be accorded top priority. Except for special cases, the government will not sanction fund for organising seminar, conference, fair or exhibition. Releasing fund from the state exchequer for organising or participating in seminar, exhibition or workshop in foreign countries has also been prohibited. The sponsoring agency should bear expenditure of any such programmes. Besides, organising meetings or conference in hotels is banned except for national or international events, the order continued. Putting a ban on procuring furniture or luxury items for all departments and government offices, the order informed that special cases will need approval from the finance department. Except for a few exceptional cases, all forms of advance payment to any contractors has also been banned. Buying new vehicles for government will only be authorised through GeM portal and after verification of old vehicles lying unutilised. Grant in-aids for those, who failed to submit utilisation certificates will be banned and the finance department will conduct scrutiny for all expenditure sanction, encashment permission and issuing cheque drawal authority. Fund for infrastructure development will be released only in the last month or last three months of a financial year in order to check excessive expenditure and to ensure procedural compliance, it added.
It further instructed treasury and sub-treasury officers to ensure that any bill does not violate the directives mentioned in the order. The order will cover all government departments, public sector undertakings, state level autonomous societies, development authorities and other statutory & non-statutory bodies controlled by the state government, it added.

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