Lahore : Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Sunday said PTI government will present its first federal budget 2019-20 on June 11.
She said it would be incumbent government’s first budget that had been
prepared by engaging an economic team and keeping in view national
requirements, adding the country needed a sustainable economy that
would take care of everybody.
Dr Firdous rejected media reports about the upcoming budget, terming
them misleading and contrary to facts.
The Prime Minister, Dr Firdous, said time and again assessed and
evaluated the budget documents and gave top most priority to ensuring
well being of weaker sections of society.
In this regard, she said, the PM was likely to share the government
priorities with nation and media soon.
Dr Firdous said the country was passing through difficult economic
situation and facing a number of challenges on the financial front,
adding all government departments, ministries and divisions should
curtail their unnecessary expenditures.
Accordingly, she said, the country’s Armed Forces had set a trend by
deciding that its officers would not get annual increase in salaries
and other perks rather the amount would be spent for development of
recently merged tribal areas and backward areas of Balochistan.
However, Dr Firdous said, the budgetary benefits would be transferred
to upto 16-grade staff and personnel.
She said the government and Prime Minister were not oblivious of
defence needs of the Armed Forces.
She warned that those who were hatching conspiracies and disrupting
peace would not be spared and brought to book.