LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the PML-N’s Punjab government has presented a revolutionary budget for the fiscal year 2013-14, taking various steps for progress, development and welfare of the masses. “The provincial budget would usher in an era of progress and prosperity for the people.”

Presiding over a high level meeting here on Tuesday, the CM said that tax has been imposed on the elite class while the poor and low-income segments have not been burdened. He said that new budget would prove to be a roadmap of consolidated development in social sectors. He was of the view the budget 2013-14 would bring a message of betterment, prosperity and welfare of the people of the province.

Congratulating the Provincial Finance Minister, Secretary Finance and their entire team on presenting a people-friendly budget, the CM said the excellent and revolutionary budget has proved that the PML-N government, despite its limited resources, is determined to provide maximum facilities to the masses. He said that minimum wage of labourers has been enhanced from Rs9,000 to Rs10,000 and will gradually be increased to Rs15,000 per month.

Shahbaz said instead of putting burden on the common man in the new budget, tax would be recovered from the elite class and spent on the welfare and uplift of the poor and low-income people.

He said the Punjab government has taken effective measures for bringing affluent classes into tax net which would broaden the tax base. He said that simplicity and austerity drive has been started from the Chief Minister Office, as its expenses have been curtailed by 30 per cent. He said that substantial funds have been allocated for Education, Health and Energy sectors.

The CM said the Punjab government would also launch Metro Bus projects in Rawalpindi, Multan and Faisalabad. He said a sum of Rs93 billion has been allocated in the budget 2013-14 for the development of South Punjab. He said that record development budget of Rs290 billion would help raise living standard of the people.

The CM said a number of measures have also been announced in the budget for maintaining law and order. He said that 500 sub-inspectors would be recruited in police department on merit through Public Service Commission and the step would help government implement policy of transformation of Thana culture.

He said a massive sum of Rs20.5 billion has been allocated for energy sector which would help overcome power crisis. He said that in order to provide solar energy and biogas operated tube-wells to small farmers, an amount of Rs7.5 billion has been earmarked in the budget. He said the government through utilisation of its resources and help of private sector would ensure economic development and creation of maximum job opportunities.

Provincial Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Minister for Local Government and Law Rana Sanaullah, Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Advisor Azmul Haq and other authorities concerned were present on the occasion.

Punjab home secretary

transferred

The Punjab government on Tuesday transferred Provincial Home Secretary Shahid Khan and posted as Additional Secretary in Religious Affairs Ministry.