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COVID-19: Govt extends expenditure restriction guidelines for second quarter

The government in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has extended the guidelines regarding the expenditure for the second quarter in view of Covid-19.

In an order, government has stated that the guidelines vis-a-vis expenditure restrictions imposed in the month of April this year shall remain in force during the second quarter, Q2 (July-September, 2020) of the current financial year 2020-21 as well.

“The Departments are required to restrict the overall expenditure within 40% of Budget Estimates 2020-21 up to ending September, 2020 certain exceptions,” the order stated.

The order stated that the expenditure on all non-salary heads of revenue budget shall be restricted up to 20% of the Budget Estimates, 2020-21 for Q2 (July to September, 2020) with overall expenditure upto 40% of BE 2020-21 by ending September, 2020.

“The expenditure under Capex Budget in respect of ‘on-going’ works and ‘non-construction’ activities shall be restricted up to 40 % of BE 2020-21 by ending September, 2020 except in case of PW (R&B), Rural Development, Power Development and Jal Shakti Departments. These four Departments can incur expenditure upto 50% of BE 2020-21 by ending September, 2020and are also permitted to initiate works within full budget approved for the financial year 2020-21.”

As per the order there shall be no restriction in respect of items of expenditure within the overall authorisation of funds conveyed to the departments which include wages/honorarium/stipend/scholarship/compensation and beneficiary oriented schemes of social welfare and other departments if any.

“Leave encashment claims of current financial year 2020-21 up to ending June 2020. Medical Reimbursement claims of the current financial year 2020-21,” the order further stated

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