Puducherry, Apr 9: In view of the prevailing financial crunch, the government has directed all officials to postpone all the non-essential expenditures till the first week of May.
Finance Secretary Shurbir Singh in a circular on Thursday said that there was a huge shortfall of Revenue to the extent of Rs 570 crore in the fiscal 2019-20, due to various factors like non-receipt of GST Compensation, poor performance in collection of targeted Revenue by Excise and Registration departments. This had direct bearing on the cash balance of the Union Territory.
With the lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, the normal revenue receipts from Excise, GST, Transport and Registration Departments may not be expected in April 2020. Therefore virtually the government has to manage with a low cash balance which can be spent for emergency expenditure only. The quarterly Central assistance is normally released in May only by the Government of India.
Under these circumstances, the Head of the Departments are requested to postpone non-essential expenditures till the first week of May 2020 and the unavoidable committed expenditure mandatorily payable before April 30 alone be considered, Mr Singh said. (UNI)