LAHORE - Punjab chief minister’s office Wednesday shared comparative details of expenditure claiming that Sardar Usman Buzdar had set an example of austerity by curtailing spending under different heads. 

An official handout said that Rs.80.62 million was spent under the head of entertainment and gifts during the financial year 2016-17 and around 90 million rupees were spent under this head in 2017-18.

During the tenure of the incumbent chief minister, however, Rs.50.38 million was spent on entertainment and gifts in the financial year 2018-19 and Rs 20 million have been spent under this head during the current financial year (till November).

Similarly, Rs 30 million were incurred on petrol in 2016-17 and Rs.30.5 million in 2017-18 under the same head; whereas Rs 20.19 million were spent on petrol in 2018-19 and an amount of Rs 10.24 million has been spent on petrol in 2019-20 (till December). Also, Rs 0.74 million were spent on furniture in 2016-17 and Rs 0.64 million were spent in next financial year. However, Rs 1.49 million had been spent under the head of furniture during 2018-19. In the tenure of incumbent chief minister, however, an amount of Rs 0.49 million has been spent under the head of furniture in 2019-20 (till December).

Rs 90m spent under entertainment and gifts head in 2017-18

In a statement, the Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said that austerity policy was being strictly followed by the Punjab government. “Unnecessary expenditures are against public interest and a new tradition has been set by curtailing expenditures”, he said, adding that lavish spending culture of the previous government had been totally done away with. The government’s kitty, he said, was being used on public welfare only, he concluded. 

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