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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government is planning to curb the expenses due to the intense financial crisis following the COVID-19 outbreak. The finance department issued an order as per the recommendations made by various expert committees. Actions will be taken from curbing expenses to auctioning the unused materials in offices. It has been directed to implement the recommendations at the earliest.
The maximum limit of leave without pay (LWOP) was reduced from 20 years to five years. If the employee failed to join duty even after five years, they will be considered as resigned. However, this is not applicable to those who have already extended their leave.
The employees who continue in the central projects which were already terminated should immediately be transferred to other departments. No fund including the contracts of local bodies will be provided from the treasury. From November 1 onwards, bills can be received as bill discounts from banks only. A share of the interest should be paid by the contractors.
Refurbishment of government offices and purchase of vehicles and new furniture have been stopped for an year. Officials discussions, meetings and training should be conducted via online. All office things which cannot be reused or repaired should be sold via online within 3 months. Annual projects also will be curbed.
Those who suggest any practical solutions to curb expenses for the remaining months of the financial year will be rewarded. The suggestions can be given through the Planning Board or directly to the finance department. The suggestions that will be implemented will be rewarded.
Strict regulation will be imposed for appointments in aided schools and colleges. The decisions opposed by the management are implemented now. The general education and higher education departments have been directed to amend the rules and regulations as part of this.