The federal cabinet has decided to shut down discretionary funds.
“The use of discretionary funds is an insult to the taxpayers,” announced Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry Friday. “The previous government had used the national exchequer as its own property.”
No official, including the prime minister and cabinet ministers, will be allowed to allot funds on their own. “All development projects and the allocation of funds will be discussed in parliament,” Chaudhry said.
The prime minister will not use a special plane for foreign tours.
“Saturday will remain a day off for government officials,” he added. However, official working hours for government offices will be 9am to 5pm from now on. Otherwise they break at 2pm.
The minister clarified that no decision was taken in the cabinet to shut down the metro bus.
Chaudhry said that his ministry has lifted political censorship from the state-run channel and in a second phase members of opposition parties are being inducted to PTV’s editorial board.
“I am nominating Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar of the PPP and Malik Ahmed of the PML-N for the editorial board,” he said.