With the coronavirus pandemic resulting in a major economic crisis, the Rajasthan government on Thursday announced austerity measures. The Rajasthan government has ordered the bureaucracy to cut down administrative expenditure by 30 per cent.
The Rajasthan government is already facing difficulties in revenue collection amid the pandemic. It is in a tight financial situation and the steps have been taken to avoid the aggravation of the financial crisis.
What are the austerity measures?
The state government has imposed a ban on the purchase of cars. It has also directed government officials to cut down on official tours. Additionally, officials will not be allowed to travel by business class. In fact, all air travel will be by economy class only. Additionally, there will be a ban on official hospitality.
Voluntary salary cut of seven days
The Rajasthan government, in a desperate bid to secure finances for combating the COVID-19 pandemic, has decided to go for voluntary pay cuts. The decision in this regard was taken during the Cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. The amount accumulated through the voluntary pay cuts will be used in fighting the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The government has decided to deduct two days salary of officers of the all India services like IAS and IPS. Similarly, the two-day salary of officers of the provincial services, administrative services and police officers will be also deducted. Thus, the salaries to government officials will be disbursed on September 7.
Other states to follow Rajasthan model
Senior government officials said many states are enquiring about the Cabinet decision to deduct salaries. These states are planning to follow the path adopted by Rajasthan, they added. In fact, the various states who have shown interest in adopting the Rajasthan model are Punjab, Puducherry and Chhattisgarh.
Judicial officers, health officials and several categories of police constables will be free from the voluntary cut.
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