Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar presided over an important meeting at his office here on Wednesday in which the salient features of the annual development program and budgetary proposals for the financial year 2019-20 were reviewed in detail.
Proposals regarding enhancing the resources for providing basic amenities of life on priority basis were discussed as well. The Chief Minister directed that the upcoming budget should depict aspirations of the people and it should be designed in accordance with the basic necessities of life. He said that more funds will be allocated for the development of the social sector and resources will be utilized for public welfare and the promotion of health and education sectors. The agriculture sector was ignored by the previous government and the farmers remained hostage to an exploitative system. On the contrary, our government has protected the farmers’ rights. The farmers of wheat and sugarcane have been given the full reward of their hard work and agriculture sector is an important part of our budgetary priorities, he added. Record funds will be allocated for the agriculture sector and more resources will be provided for the welfare of the people by curtailing unnecessary expenditures. He said that public-private partnership will be promoted for encouraging investment and added that an increase in resources is the need of the hour for the projects of national reconstruction. We want to put the province of Punjab on the road of development, he added. The briefing was given about budgetary proposals for 2019-20, ADP and increase in resources. Provincial Minister for Finance Hashim Jawan Bakhat, Advisor Dr. Salman Shah, Chief Secretary, SMBR, Chairman P&D, and others attended the meeting.