AIZAWL, Dec 29 - The Mizoram government has decided to ban purchase of new vehicles for all State government departments, barring a few important officials, as an austerity measure.
It has instead decided to go for outsourcing vehicles from private firms, agencies or individuals, a senior official said on Thursday.
Commissioner and Secretary of General Administration Department Ashish Kundra said that the Government of Mizoram Vehicle Outsourcing Policy, 2019, which seeks to limit expenditure on purchase and maintenance of vehicles through outsourcing, was approved by the Council of Ministers last month.
Once the policy comes into effect, the purchase of new vehicles will be banned for all the State government departments, boards and corporations, Autonomous District Councils and other bodies aided by the State government, except senior officers in the rank of Secretary and above, VIP protocol vehicles, district Deputy Commissioners or Magistrates, and district Superintendents of Police, he said.
The policy will also not be applicable in high-security offices and sensitive areas, the officer said.
According to Kundra, the government has notified the policy and notice inviting expression of interest for empanelment of vehicles and drivers was floated recently.
The price ceiling for entitlement has been fixed at Rs 35,000 per month for level 13 and above and Rs 30,000 per month for level 12 and below, including pool vehicles. The price ceiling will cover the drivers’ wages and any damage caused to the car due to any reason will be borne by the provider.