Prime Minister Imran Khan said Sunday that his government is all set to prepare a development-oriented budget in which improving GDP growth and curbing inflation would be the main areas to cater.
He said that special attention would be given to development projects and measures would be taken to control the inflation while making the upcoming annual budget for the year 2021-22.
Mr. Khan was addressing a meeting on the next annual budget and national economy where a review of the ongoing development projects was undertaken. He said that besides ensuring the completion of current development projects, new projects should be brought in to cater the public needs.
National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, federal ministers Asad Umar, Pervaiz Khattak, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhry, and Shafqat Mahmood, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman, KP CM Mahmood Khan, provincial ministers Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Hashim Jawan Bakht, and relevant officers also attended the meeting.
PM Khan also drove to G-11 Markaz and other areas of the federal capital where he, setting protocol aside, interacted with common people.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the prime minister and Finance Minister Shaukat Fayyaz Tarin had the desire that the PTI government should focus on a development-oriented economy for the last two years of its five-year term.
He said, party legislators had been demanding funds for their constituencies and urged the prime minister that people of their constituencies were constantly demanding that their basic issues be resolved. He said that the prime minister, keeping in view of the needs of ruling party parliamentarians, decided to expand the development funds of all provinces.
The minister said the PM was concerned that the provinces and institutions were unable to utilize their development funds and as a result more than half of them would lapse prior to the announcement of the next budget.