The Punjab government on Saturday announced to abolish the petrol quotas of provincial ministers in view of the rising prices of petroleum products, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Minister Ataullah Tarar said that the Punjab government has put a ban on utilization of petrol quotas for all provincial ministers.
Talking to reporters in Lahore, Tarar said that all ministers will now pay for fuel from their pockets as there will not be an option of an official petrol quota now.
“Even ministers will have to buy petrol for themselves for the official tours as well,” Tarar made in clear.
He criticized arch rival PTI Chairman Imran Khan for utilizing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government expenses as he is residing in Peshawar Chief Minister House.
He claimed that even the bottles of mineral water Imran Khan was drinking in Peshawar were being paid for by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
It may be mentioned here that the Sindh government had already slashed petrol quota of Sindh chief minister and cabinet ministers by 40 percent.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah approved a 40 percent cut in the fuel quota for all provincial government officials and ministers, including the CM.
Murad took notice of the latest fuel price hike and said that the rising prices should not impact the provincial treasury. “Overburdening the treasury means overburdening the masses,” he added.
Earlier, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan had also announced a 35 percent cut in quota for government employees following a hike in petrol prices by Rs60 in a week.
According to a letter issued by the Chief Minister's Secretariat, a 35% cut has been imposed on the use of petrol in government institutions across the province.