Islamabad, May 28, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Monetization of Transport Policy for Civil Servants in BS-20 to BS-22 enforced by the Federal Government w.e.f. 1st January 2012 has been widely appreciated and has resulted in reducing the expenditure on purchase and maintenance of staff cars due to complete ban on purchase of new vehicles. The Policy is in line with the austerity measures announced by the Federal Government and is a major policy reform announced in the last budget by the Finance Minister.
The estimated financial savings due to the Monetization policy of the Government has resulted, at first hand in a savings of Rs. 1.5 billion during the current financial year (2011-12) alone, being the amount allocated for purchase of new vehicles. It will result in similar savings in future on account of the Policy. The budget provision meant for POL/maintenance expenditure of vehicles has been diverted to meet the monetization expenses under the subject.
The Cabinet and the Finance Divisions are regularly monitoring the implementation of this Policy and each Ministry/Division/Department has been asked to prepare and submit to the Finance Division every month a report on the expenditure relating to the CNG, POL consumption and the repair/maintenance of the operational/general duty vehicles to keep a strict watch on maintenance expenditure of such vehicles.
A report on the implementation status of the Policy by each Ministry/Division, indicating the name, designation and BPS of the entitled officers, make/model and engine capacity of the staff cars, original price and depreciated cost being recovered from the officers has been obtained.
Due to success of this policy in curtailing the maintenance expenditure of the vehicles, there is also demand from autonomous bodies and corporations to adopt this facility. Government is considering to extend this policy of provision of car monetization allowance of other entitled officers/ranks of various categories.
The implementation of the this policy is a major step towards reforms in Government sector which has resulted in substantial savings and has also discouraged misuse of official transport facility, as the policy is being implemented by taking all possible measures to ensure its success through the defined parameters.
The vehicles rendered surplus due to enforcement of this policy are being surrendered to the Cabinet Division with a certificate by the Principal Accounting Officer that the Ministry/Division/Department is not in possession of any vehicle in excess of its revised authorized strength.
The basic objective of this Transport Monetization Policy is in the overall context of observance of austerity measures and in eliminating chances of misuse of official vehicles by ensuring that an entitled officer may use only one vehicle, according to his entitlement.
For the purpose of overall implementation of this Policy, all Federal Secretaries/Principal Accounting Officers were made responsible, to particularly ensure that each of the entitled officers in BS-20 to BS-22 including him/herself is not in possession or in use of any project vehicle or the departmental operational/general duty vehicle, as well as, any vehicle of an organization or body corporate in his ex-officio capacity, except the only vehicle allocated to him/her through this Monetization Policy.
According to this Policy, the Civil Servants in BS-20 to BS-22 who were provided the official staff cars were given the option to purchase the allocated cars of 1000-1300 cc on depreciated price to be fixed by a Committee in each Ministry/Division including a representative of Finance Division as per prescribed formula.
The recovery instalments of the price of the vehicles have been so fixed, not less than Rs. 25,000/- per month and in such a way that the entire cost is recovered from the officers before their superannuation or they can pay lump sum price of the vehicle.
PAOs have been directed by the Cabinet Division to check misuse of operational/general duty vehicles. All PAOs have categorically been conveyed that any officer found misusing the official operational or any vehicle of project or body corporate in his/her ex-officio capacity shall be proceeded against under disciplinary rules.
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Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
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