The Punjab Assembly saved over Rs375 million of its annual budget 2020-21 on the directives of Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch Pervaiz Elahi.
This was stated during meeting of Punjab Assembly’s Finance Committee held here on Wednesday at Assembly Secretariat under chair of the Speaker provincial assembly.
Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakhat, Finance Committee members – Muzaffar Ali Shaikh, Shujahat Nawaz, Raees Nabeel Ahmad, Kashif Mahmood, Mian Shafi Muhammad, Mian Tariq Abdullah, Raja Yawar Kamal Khan and Secretary Punjab Assembly Muhammad Khan Bhatti attended the meeting.
Keeping in view dangerous surge in third wave Corona and increasing cases in the educational institutions, Ch Pervaiz Elahi said that educational institutions and private educational academies should immediately be closed down, Corona is spreading among children very speedily, in a recent survey it was noticed that ratio of death of children due to Corona has dangerously increased, if country’s future has to be saved then we will have to save lives of our children and youth.
The Speaker Punjab Assembly said that till the number of Corona cases do not decrease, the schools, colleges and private academies be kept closed and such a monitoring system should be evolved which reviews the circumstances on daily basis, first, second and third waves of Corona have so far taken precious lives of large number of professors, teachers, schools staff and children, presently examinations are being taken through online classes throughout the world, we should also adopt such strategy to save the future of our country.
The Finance Committee was informed that on special directions of Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch Pervaiz Elahi, Secretary Muhammad Khan Bhatti has saved more than Rs375 million out of the annual budget of financial year 2020-21, Rs3.4 million have been saved on account of TA/DA and medical charges of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, Rs101 million out of salaries and medical charges and allowances of the MPAs and saving of more than Rs260 million on account of the Assembly Secretariat operating expenses, salaries, allowances, electricity and gas bills, petrol has been effected.