Budget preparations continue in full swing as per set timeline

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Islamabad

For the announcement of the federal budget for fiscal year 2017-18, the preparations continue in full swing in accordance with the prescribed timelines.
In line with the tradition of the last three years, the well- being of the general public was the top priority of the government in the upcoming budget, official source said, adding that the budget measures would focus on employment generation and achieving higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
The budget was being prepared in close coordination between all departments and ministries involved in budget-related events including the presentation of the budget in the Parliament and launching of the Economic Survey.
Since provision of relief to common masses is top priority, hence it was being prepared after extensive consultations with all stakeholders including the business community, traders and chambers of commerce and industries, who all have provided valuable and constructive suggestions.
On revenue side, the government would also introduce measures for bringing improvement in the system of tax collection, broadening the tax base, and facilitation to tax-payers, they said and argued that a strong revenue generation will play a crucial role in achieving the targets for economic growth.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has also set up extensive facility for printing, sorting and binding of budget documents during the upcoming federal budget exercise.
From growth perspective, the federal budget would focus on generating 6% gross domestic product growth (GDP), and for this purpose the government would introduce some fiscal measures and policy initiatives.
Meanwhile, the Pre-budget document presenting state of country’s economy, ‘the Economic Survey of Pakistan’ is likely to be launched here on coming Thursday.
The survey would highlighting the overall performance of economy during the outgoing fiscal year, providing a realistic feedback and basis for future planning.
The survey will cover the development of all the important sectors of economy, including growth and investment, agriculture, manufacturing, mining, fiscal development, money and credit, capital markets, inflation, debt and liabilities.
The survey will also highlight the performance of agriculture, education, health and nutrition, besides showing the overall population, labour force and employment, poverty, transport and communication and per capita income.
The National Economic Council (NEC) chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on May 19, had already approved the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth target at 6 percent for the financial year 2017-18 while the government achieved a GDP growth rate of 5.3 percent in the outgoing fiscal year.
The NEC also approved country’s consolidated development budget of Rs 2.5 trillion for the upcoming financial year (2017-18), showing highest-ever increase in the overall national outlay.
This included Rs 1001 billion Federal Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), Rs 1112 billion provincial PSDP while Rs 400 billion would be spent by various corporations from their own resources to carry out their development projects.—APP