Govt took historic steps to address regional inequality: Hashim

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Punjab Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht has said that for the first time in the history of province, the provincial government took steps to address regional inequality. Resources have been directed to far flung regions of the province so they too are elevated to the status of developed parts of the Punjab.

He said this while addressing the 2nd Pre-Budget Consultative workshop organised by Finance Department with support of Sub National Governance Programme, a technical assistance programme to the Governments of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for strengthened governance, improved provision of basic services, and a more evidence based process of decision-making.

Hashim Jawan Bakht further said that investment in the social sector has contributed to achievement of the sustainable development goals He reiterated his priorities for health, education and poverty alleviation in the upcoming budget.

The provincial minister said that Punjab represents 50% of the federation and he believed it was the responsibility of the Government of Punjab to lead by example in prudent fiscal management and a balanced planning approach. He stated that the Government is working hard to ensure that 110 million people in Punjab have effective access to universal healthcare coverage.

Pre-budget consultative workshop brought together senior government officials, experts, civil society representatives, UN representatives and prominent academics to provide input in the upcoming Punjab provincial budget 2022-23. The event was also attended by Minister for livestock and dairy development, Mr. Husnain Dreshak, Minister for Women Development, Ashifa Riaz Fatyana and Minister for Agriculture Punjab Syed Hussain Jahania Gardezi.

This event was organized to make the budget-making process more open and participatory; to reduce the gap between the Government and citizens by identifying citizens’ needs and preferences for the upcoming budget; and to ensure effective participation of citizens in allocation of budgetary resources, especially with reference to the most vulnerable and marginalized groups.

 

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