Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has approved the rules/policy for "Compulsory Monetization of Transport Facility for Civil Servants from BS-20 to BS-22 as part of austerity measures to check wasteful expenditure. The rules/policy were formulated in line with the decision of the Cabinet in its meeting. The application of the monetization policy will be compulsory for all Civil Servants (BS-20 to 22) as per the approved parameters. The new policy imposes a complete ban on purchase of staff cars and no officer of BS-20 to BS-22 will be entitled and authorized to use Project vehicles or the Departmental operational/general duty vehicles for any kind of duty, Services of the regular permanent driver will be offered to BS-20 to BS-22 Civil Servants on optional basis on deduction of Rs. 10,000/- per month from the monetized value. Recruitment of new drivers for vehicles of these officers has also been banned. The Government hopes that the implementation of the policy would result in likely savings of Rs. 1.369 billion per annum.