LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that a huge amount would be allocated in the next budget for providing basic amenities to the masses.
He said that providing relief to the people and improving their living standard is the agenda of the PML-N government and added that the next Punjab budget would reflect public aspirations as huge resources are being earmarked for the projects aimed at providing basic amenities to the people . A large part of the funds would be allocated for the welfare programmes of the poor and deprived segments of the society. He said that full attention would be paid for welfare of the common man in the budget.
He was presiding over a high-level meeting here on Friday which reviewed in detail the budgetary proposals for 2014-15.
Addressing the meeting, the CM said an effective strategy would be evolved for improving education, health, agriculture, livestock, industry and other sectors. He said that revenue could be increased by removing flaws in the tax recovery system. He said that the Punjab government is going to introduce comprehensive and effective reforms in tax recovery system. He directed that all the departments concerned should fix targets of tax recovery and evolve an effective mechanism for this purpose.
Shahbaz said that development of backward areas is one of the top priorities of the PML-N government, and development projects of billions of rupees are being completed for removing sense of deprivation among the people of these areas. He directed that maximum resources should be allocated in the budget for uplift of the far-flung and backward areas. 
He said that service to the masses and welfare of the people is the PML-N’s manifesto, and it is vigorously implementing an effective strategy for the prosperity of the people .
The chief minister said that he has been serving the people with honesty and sincerity for the last six years. He said the people are benefitting from the mega projects completed throughout Punjab during this period. He said that implementation of public welfare projects would continue in future. He said that issues like poverty and unemployment could be overcome through promotion of investment. He said that foreign investment of billions of rupees is being made in the province due to effective and investment-friendly policies of the Punjab government.
CM Shahbaz Sharif said that the country’s economy is improving due to effective policies of the government. He said that foreign exchange reserves have exceeded $13 billion, rupee has been stabilised against dollar and confidence of foreign investors stands restored.
A delegation of prominent Turkish investment group Kiler Holding, led by its chairman Nahit Kiler, called on the CM, here on Friday. Matters regarding investment in infrastructure, energy, transport and other sectors were discussed in the meeting. The Turkish group expressed its interest to make investment in different sectors in Punjab.
The chief minister said due to the Punjab government’s business-friendly policies, foreign investment in the province is increasing. He said that the Punjab government would provide all-out facilities and incentives to the investors.
On the occasion, Nahit Kiler said that his group wanted to invest in energy, infrastructure and other sectors in Pakistan especially Punjab.
He said the chief minister has taken commendable decisions for promoting foreign investment in the province. 
Shahbaz Sharif congratulated PML-N candidate Sardar Muhammad Farid Abbasi for winning PK-45 Abbotabad by-poll. He said the PML-N candidate’s success in KP reflects the public confidence in the party leadership.
He said the people of KP have rejected the elements engaged in the politics of agitation. He said the PML-N government has set new examples of public service during one year.
Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan is pursing the policy of good ties with all its neighbouring countries. He said Pakistan wanted peaceful solution to all issues with India and others neighbouring counties. The CM said this while talking to Abdul Basit, Pakistan High Commissioner to India, who called on him on Friday.

During the meeting matters relating to Pakistan-India bilateral ties and the recent visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to India also came under discussion. The CM further said that for lasting peace in South Asia, cordial relations between Pakistan and India are necessary. He said the issues of Kashmir, water and others between Pakistan and India needed to be resolved through composite dialogues.