Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister for Information Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan on Monday said that the budget of Punjab would be as per the aspiration of people of the province and which would bring backward areas of the province at par with developed ones.
The sustainable development of every city of Punjab and human development were the main targets in the provincial budget, bringing the backward areas at par with the developed ones. She said this while speaking to a private news channel.
She also hailed the federal government for presenting the people-friendly budget in which special relief has been provided to the deprived segment of society.
She said the Punjab government would follow the footsteps of the federal government and present a public-friendly budget, which would usher in an era of progress and development in the province.
She said government employees were also being provided relief and their salaries were being increased in the provincial budget.
She said that the budget was a reflection of the party’s manifesto, which would open the doors of progress and prosperity in Punjab, adding that we have determined our priorities while remaining within our resources.
Replying to a question, she said, “We would get opposition’s suggestions regarding issues of public, adding that priority would be given to education, infrastructure and transport sectors besides ensuring the provision of clean drinking water as well as the development of other social sectors.
Dr. Firdous Awan said provision of Health Sahulat Cards would be issued to 100 percent of the population of the province by December this year as well.
These comments were supported by the budget speech made by the Finance Minister of Pakistan on 11th June where he too reiterated ending the disparity between different areas of Pakistan through the development of cities.
According to the NEC decision, the development budget of Punjab is Rs500 billion for 2021-22 against Rs310 billion for 2020-21 an increase of 61.3 percent.
Courtesy: APP with contribution from GVS