Many cabinet, non-cabinet and deputy ministers holding newly created portfolios are facing hardships as they have to operate without proper offices and other facilities. No funds have been allocated for their operations, a senior Ministry official said.
As those portfolios were created after the budget 2007, funds have to be allocated to them through supplementary estimates, which are delayed due to the failure of the Treasury to finalize the details of estimates, the source said, under condition of anonymity.
He said that while departments and other institution heads having better offices and other facilities than those given to Ministers, many Cabinet and non-Cabinet ministers are facing embarrassing situations in exercising effective control over departments and other institutions under their portfolios.
The source alleged that many supplementary estimates have still not been finalised by the Treasury or are pending approval by Parliament, resulting in many new Ministers remaining inactive without funds to work.
The source said that telephones in some ministries are already been disconnected as they couldn`t afford to pay the phone bills.