Rabat– Benkirane’s cabinet will implement a belt-tightening policy aimed at reducing government spending.
According to Akhbar Al Yaoum, the government will instruct gas stations to refrain from supplying official state vehicles with free gasoline on weekends unless provided documentation that the driver is on official government business.
The instructions came in the wake of criticism that state vehicles are being used for personal purposes when off-duty.
State vehicle gasoline and maintenance costs are paid by taxpayers.
The daily newspaper added that the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) revealed, during a parliamentary session in the upper house, that the state’s fleet numbers around 115,000 vehicles. Morocco has allegedly more official vehicles than many larger countries in which the number does not exceed 70,000 official vehicles, Akhbar Al Yaoum reports..
Mohamed El Ouafa, Minister in charge of governance, noted that PAM’s fleet estimates include military vehicles.
Edited by Jessica Rohan
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