Reduction in Central Government non-Plan Expenditure.
G.I., M.F., O.M. No. F. 7 (20-E. (Co-ord.)/79,dated.27-10-1979
Sub.:-Reduction in Central Government non-Plan Expenditure.
In this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No. F. 7 (18)-E. (Co-ord.)/79, dated the 7th September, 1979, on the subject cited above, the Administrative Ministries/Departments, have, inter alia been advised that STD facilities may be completely withdrawn from both office and residential telephones of all officers, including the personal staff of Ministers. The matter has been reviewed in the light of certain personal staff of Ministers. The matter has been reviewed in the light of certain
technical difficulties pointed out by the P & T Department in implementing this directive. It has, therefore, been decided to implement it in phases, as indicated below- .
(i) STD facility should be barred from telephones installed in the offices of all officers below the rank of Joint Secretaries. The personal staff of officers of the rank of Joint Secretary’s level and above should be required to keep record of the STD calls made from the office telephones of the. concerned officers.
(ii) A quick review of the need for continuing STD facilities in the residential telephones provided to Government Officers may be undertaken by the Ministries/Departments in individual cases with reference to the functions of the post to which it is attached. Meanwhile, this facility should be barred from, the residential telephones provided to all officers below the rank of Deputy Secretary.
(iii) The telephone calls made from residential telephones in excess of 1000 calls per quarter (excluding STD calls made for official purposes so certified by the officers concerned with reference to the register maintained by them) should be paid by the officer himself. This will take effect from the quarter commencing from the I” October, 1972.
(iv) A 10% cut in the existing number of Government telephone should be effected forthwith by each Ministry/Department.
2. The Ministry of Home Affairs, etc., are requested to take necessary action and issue suitable instructions to all concerned. Necessary instructions to the subordinate authorities should also be issued.
3. The Ministries/Departments are requested to report to the Ministry of Finance through the Financial Adviser concerned, the implementation of the directives in Paras. 1 (ii) and 1 (iv) above by the 30th November, 197