Govt Extends Expenditure Bar for Second Quarter

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Srinagar: The government in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has extended the guidelines regarding the expenditure for the second quarter in view of Covid-19.

In an order government has stated that the guidelines vis-a-vis expenditure restrictions imposed in the month of April this year shall remain in force during the second quarter, Q2 (July-September, 2020) of the current financial year 2020-21 as well.

“The Departments are required to restrict the overall expenditure within 40% of Budget Estimates 2020-21 up to ending September, 2020 certain exceptions,” the order stated.

The order stated that the expenditure on all non-salary heads of revenue budget shall be restricted up to 20% of the Budget Estimates, 2020-21 for Q2 (July to September, 2020) with overall expenditure upto 40% of BE 2020-21 by ending September, 2020.

“The expenditure under Capex Budget in respect of ‘on-going’ works and ‘non-construction’ activities shall be restricted up to 40 % of BE 2020-21 by ending September, 2020 except in case of PW (R&B), Rural Development, Power Development and Jal Shakti Departments. These four Departments can incur expenditure upto 50% of BE 2020-21 by ending September, 2020and are also permitted to initiate works within full budget approved for the financial year 2020-21.”

As per the order there shall be no restriction in respect of items of expenditure within the overall authorisation of funds conveyed to the departments which include wages/honorarium/stipend/scholarship/compensation and beneficiary oriented schemes of social welfare and other departments if any.

“Leave encashment claims of current financial year 2020-21 up to ending June 2020. Medical Reimbursement claims of the current financial year 2020-21,” the order further stated. (KNO)

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