Federal Govt Ends Budget Allocations for Gifts and Entertainment

The Federal Cabinet has decided to abolish budgetary allocations for ‘entertainment and gifts’ for all ministries and divisions.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, made this announcement on Tuesday while briefing the media on a recent cabinet meeting.

She said that the government’s primary aim is to ensure the proper utilization of public money.

Under some old provisions in ministries and divisions, funds were allocated for ‘chai and pani.’ The cabinet has now abolished these provisions. So, there will be no entertainment and gift funds now, Dr. Awan said.

No Additional Charges

The cabinet has also put an end to the culture of additional charges. Additional charges given in all the ministries and divisions will be taken back in the next three months and the government will make new appointments on the vacant positions, she said.

In future, the federal cabinet will consider no summary for approval of additional charge, she added.

The Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood briefed the cabinet on the initiatives taken to bring 30,000 Madrasas under the national curriculum.

He negated the notion that these Madrasas would function under the Ministry of Education.

It is wrong to think that these Madrasas would work under the Education Ministry. Madrasas would only be linked with the ministry but will function independently.

Dr. Awan added that the education ministry would play the role of a facilitator for Madrasas.

Assistant to PM on Information said that modern education was the right of every Madrasa student. We wanted to provide modern and quality education to them as they are also our children she added.

Source: Pro Pakistani