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Federal Budget 2021-22 to be presented in National Assembly today

ISLAMABAD: Federal Budget 2021-22 will be presented in the National Assembly today (Friday).

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government is going to present its third budget, for the fiscal year 2021-22, with an estimated outlay of around Rs 8 trillion.

“The government of Pakistan is firmly committed to presenting a pro-people, business-friendly and growth-oriented Federal Budget FY 2021-22. The government will pursue an all-inclusive, sustained and robust economic growth through short, medium and long-term economic planning,” official sources said.

In addition to fiscal management, revenue mobilization, measures for economic stabilization and growth, reduction in non-development expenditures; boosting exports besides job creation and people-friendly policies for the socio-economic prosperity of the country would feature in the budget. It would also focus on social sector development besides introducing reforms for improving governance and boosting the private sector for investment.

On the revenue side, though no new taxes would be introduced, the government would introduce measures for bringing improvements in the system of tax collection, broadening the tax base, and facilitation to taxpayers, sources said arguing that a strong revenue generation will play a crucial role in achieving the targets for economic growth.

The government is likely to set the revenue collection target at Rs5.8 trillion for the fiscal year 2021-22. The budget is being prepared in close coordination between all departments and ministries involved in budget-related events.

The federal government has proposed Rs 900 billion for the development budget for the fiscal year 2021-22.

According to the budget document, federal ministries will be given a development budget of Rs 672 billion whereas the Aviation Division will receive a development budget of Rs 4 billion 29 crores. As per the documents, the Cabinet Division will receive a development budget of Rs 56.02 billion whereas Rs 14 billion have been allocated for climate change development. The Commerce Division will receive a development budget of Rs 300 million while a development budget of Rs 9 billion has been fixed for the Ministry of Education and Training. The finance ministry will spend Rs 94 billion on development works.

Earlier, the Federal Cabinet will meet in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair to discuss and approve the federal budget proposals.

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