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Rajasthan cutting spending flab: Minister

Posted on Nov 24, 10:52AM | IBNS

Rajasthan Finance Minister Namo Narain Meena in a written statement to the Lok Sabha Friday said that the government has imposed economy measures like the rationalization of expenditure and optimization of available resources with a view to improve macroeconomic environment.

Meena said that the measures include a ban on holding of meetings and conferences at five star hotels, restrictions on foreign travel and a ban on creation of Plan and Non-Plan posts.

"Ministries/Departments have been advised that posts that have remained vacant for more than a year shall not be revived except under very rare and unavoidable circumstances and after seeking clearance of the Department of Expenditure," he said.

He also noted that the government has also taken steps to contain the fiscal deficit, for example, government has reverted back to the path of fiscal consolidation with gradual exit from the expansionary measures in a calibrated manner. The reduction in fiscal deficit from 5.9 per cent of GDP estimated in RE 2011-12 to 5.1 per cent of GDP in BE 2012-13 is designed with a mix of reduction in total expenditure as percentage of GDP and improvement in gross tax revenue as percentage of GDP.

"Government has also introduced 'Medium-term Expenditure Framework Expenditure Statement', setting forth a three-year rolling target for expenditure indicators with a view to undertaking a de-novo exercise for allocating resources for prioritized schemes and weeding out other that have outlived their utility. It would also encourage efficiencies in expenditure management."

"The government will also endeavour to contain the expenditure on Central subsidies and has also decided to adopt various plans of fiscal consolidation during the period of the 12th Plan i.e., from 2012-13 to 2016-17."