ISLAMABAD: The Imran Khan’s government has reduced expenditures of the prime minister house by 47 percent as compared to those incurred under Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, according to documents available with Peshawar Today.
The budgetary allocation for prime minister’s house under Nawaz Sharif in fiscal year of 2016-17 and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in 2017-18 was 508 million each. Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbsi had used all the allocated budget. The expenditure of the PM’s house dropped to 315 million out of allocated 316 million in the last financial year of 2019-20 of the incumbent Prime Minister Imran Khan. Compare this with Mr. Sharif and Mr. Abbasi expenses, there is 47 percent decrease in the expenditure. In other words, Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbsai daily expenses were 14 lakhs and 11 thousand while Imran Khan daily expenses stand at 8 lakh 63 thousand.
Data show that 45.6 million and 31.3 million rupees were spent from the head of entertainment and gifts during the tenure of former PMs Mian Nawaz Sharif (MNS) and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi respectively, while during the tenure of PM Imran Khan these expenses reduced to 4.8 million, 161 percent less than the expenses of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz both prime ministers.
Furthermore, the expenditure incurred on physical assets purchase dropped to 0.44 million, a 189 percent drop compared to Rs 16.7 million, spent by Nawaz Sharif in 2016-17 and 25.7 million spent by Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in 2017-18.Based on documents available, more than Rs 23.6 million rupees were spent on travel and transportation during the FY 2016-17 and 27 million in 2017-18, while Imran Khan expenses were less than 33 and 3.8 percent respectively.
However, contrary to the other expenses, there are couple of section where Imran Khan’s expenses are higher than Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.A sharp spike was seen in expenditure of Motor Vehicles and Occupancy Cost section head in the Imran Khan tenure. Mr. Khan has spent 0.56 million 102 and 70 percent high compared Rs 0.18 million during the tenure of former PM Nawaz Sharif and while 0.27 million rupees in FY 2017-18 of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Similarly, occupancy costs during the tenure of PM Imran Khan in FY 2017-20 are 12 percent higher than the expenses made by in FY-2016-17 and 2017-18.
That data of the current fiscal year shows that Imran Khan has so far not spent a single penny in entertainment and gifts section.
Data show that 7.8 million rupees were spent on marriage/death cases and financial assistance from 2013 to 2017 by the then PM MNS while former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had spent 4 million rupees from discretionary grant during his tenure 2017-18. However, PM Imran Khan has abolished the discretionary grant and not used a single penny in this regard.