The clarification from the ministry came after reports said that the government had asked all ministries to review appointments of consultants, curtail functions and ban use of imported paper for printing as part of measures to rationalise non-priority expenditure.
In a statement today, the finance ministry said that the order issued by the department of expenditure on Friday deals with internal procedure for creation of posts and does not in anyway affect or curtail recruitment.
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On Friday, the finance ministry had issued the instructions on expenditure management with a view to improving the quality of public expenditure, containing non-developmental spending and ensuring availability of adequate resources for critical priority schemes, the department of expenditure said.
With regard to administrative expenditure, the department of expenditure, under the finance ministry, said no printing or publishing of books, publications, documents will be done on imported paper, except where printing is done abroad by Indian missions.
It asked all the ministries/departments to carry out a review of the individual consultants appointed by them in consonance with the provisions of General Financial Rules (GFR) and reduce the number of consultants to the minimum requirement.
“Due economy may be observed while determining the fees of the consultants and care may be taken that such fees are not disproportionate to the quality and quantity of work to be carried out by the consultants,” it added.
With regard to new positions, it said there will be a ban on creation of new posts, except with the approval of the expenditure department.
“If any post has been created after July 1, 2020, under delegated powers or authority, without approval of expenditure department and have not yet been filled, then shall posts shall not be filled. If it is deemed absolutely essential to fill them, proposals may be sent for approval of department of expenditure,” it added.
“In the context of the present fiscal situation and the consequent pressure on government resources, there is a need for further economy and rationalisation of non-priority expenditure, while protecting and preserving priority expenditure,” the department said in an office memorandum.