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Senior government officials have been cautioned against making financial promises that the state cannot keep.

Treasury comptroller Nir Gilad has issued a letter warning officials against trying to funnel money to projects that have not received his approval and reminded officials that such moves are illegal.

Gilad told Ha'aretz that his office has found itself repeatedly in the position of blocking the disbursement of funds which top officials, including director generals, have promised for projects which have not been approved or budgeted.

In his letter, Gilad noted that the Jerusalem District Court recently ruled that the state did not have to pay for road work that was executed in 1991 at the behest of the then director-general of the Housing Ministry because the project had never received official budget approval.