ISLAMABAD (INP) - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has approved the rules/policy for 'Compulsory Monetisation 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 monetisation 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 authorised 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 monetised value. Recruitment of new drivers for vehicles of these officers has also been banned. The govt hopes that the implementation of the policy would result in likely savings of Rs 1.369 billion per annum.