ISLAMABAD - Though the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has endorsed the decision of the Cabinet Division regarding cut in perks and privileges including fuel charges as part of the austerity measures, yet CDA board members and chairman will remain entitled to availing the unlimited funds in the head of fuel charges. The decision would be implemented on the employees of grade-16 to 19 excluding CDA board members and chairman, as they would keep on enjoying the said privileges. Earlier, the Cabinet Division, while endorsing the decision of Finance Division, has directed all bodies functioning under its control to enforce economy measures to curtail expenditures for remaining period of the current fiscal year, 2010-11. The Finance Division has directed an immediate cut of 50 percent in POL ceiling of entitled officials besides suggesting a same cut on travelling allowance and stationary expense. Finance Division has also asked for a complete ban on purchase of physical assets including all types of vehicles. It was also directed that the ministries/divisions will not be authorised to re-appropriate funds from heads of POL charges, travelling allowance, stationary and acquiring of physical assets. CDA officials of BS-17 up to BS-19 were entitled to 195 litres petrol per month prior to the decision, while officials of grade-20 and above including CDA board members and chairman are enjoying unlimited facility of petrol. Following the implementation of the decision officials of grade 17, 18 and 19 are entitled to 115 litres petrol per month that is approximately 4-litre per day. An official of Machinery Pool Organisation (MPO) directorate said the daily consumption of petrol prior to the implementation of the said decision was approximately 1200 litres per day, while ratio of diesel consumption per day was 8,000 litres per day. He said following the implementation of the said decision a significant reduction in petrol and diesel consumption would be occurred. There are as many as 424 vehicles in the pool of CDA at present. During the past four years CDA has purchased 217 vehicles that included 192 general vehicles while 25 are of category of special vehicles. A CDA spokesperson said the chairman of the authority already reduced the mobile phone limit by 35 percent, while he had also endorsed the decision of Cabinet Division in a bid to curtail the unnecessary expenditures keeping in mind the fragile financial condition. However, the CDA spokesperson was not aware of the fuel limits for CDA board members and chairman and recent decision in this regard. When this scribe contacted CDA Member Administration Shoukat Mohmand, a concerned official, he declined to comment on the issue saying CDA Finance Directorate would have the exact information about the issue as they had implemented the said directions. However, CDA member finance was not available for comments as his secretary told that he was somewhere outdoors.