ISLAMABAD - The coalition government led by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is seriously contemplating to announce several relief measures in the budget 2012-13 to win public support ahead of coming elections. The government is all set to provide possible relief to the people that include a concrete plan to reduce loadshedding, sufficient increase in salaries of civil servants and job opportunities to some 100,000 unemployed. It will also ensure no new tax while bringing down the rates of various taxes and duties, including slashing the customs duty from the existing level of 9 per cent to 7 or 5 per cent.Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has directed to Ministry of Finance to prepare a pro-people, investment-friendly and growth-oriented budget with a focus on creating job employment opportunities to win public support ahead of general election likely to be held in next few months.Background discussions with the officials revealed that the government was yet to decide how much increase would be given in salaries, as it was considering several options on the subject. Sources were of the view that the government was likely to give sufficient increase to civil servants in the budget.They said the prime minister was likely to chair a special cabinet meeting in next few days to review the budgetary preparations. The cabinet had already directed the ministries of Finance, Water and Power and Petroleum and Natural Resources to jointly work out a plan and present in the next meeting. Similarly, the government has decided neither to impose any new nor to increase the existing tax rate in order to avoid putting additional taxation burden on the masses. The chairman of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) had already hinted that rates of taxes and duties would be brought down. In order to gain the support of youth, the government is contemplating to announce some 100,000 jobs for the unemployed people in the budget.  Sources said the government was considering increasing the pensions by 20 per cent and the total amount by Rs 20 billion to Rs 147 billion for the next financial year. Similarly, the salaried individuals and small business owners are likely to receive significant tax relief in the upcoming budget. The government is considering exempting up to Rs 350, 000 in income from tax calculations entirely.