Wednesday, May 22, 2019


It will took somewhat time and need some sacrifice from the public in the shape of levy paying. The observation of Finance parson Ishaq Dar is aright that the economy of previous year was running itself. His enthusiasm to put the ag depota of PMLN programme of his party as Laptops, Ashiana and other housing schemes, Nandipur Power Project, M-4, 8 and 9, Karachi Circular Railway, Prime Ministers Youth Training Programme, Prime Ministers Youth Skills Development Programme, Small Business Loans Scheme, lean Reimbursement Scheme for Less Developed Areas, Prime Ministers Micro FinanceScheme, continued provision of funds for parliamentarians under a favoured name and the Ramazan Package. With all this, the development budget goes up by as much as 50 per cent. A big issue of Budget the not increasing the salaries of Government employees also resolved. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar today announced a 10% increase in the salaries of government employees. The newly formed government had earl ier decided against increasing the salaries of government servants for the world-class time in nearly three decades.Now, The federal governments decision affects up to 650,000 federal employees and more than two million provincial government mployees. The finance attend said that the new government has taken tough decisions because the aim is to move in the right direction from the very beginning. He said the government of necessity to ensure that GDP grows enough to support the swelling population. The Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the government will save Rs40 billion because of the cuts in expenditure and nonindulgence measures taken in the latest budget.The PML- N government announced it will not keep more than 40 ministries in order to curb expenses. Dar, in his speech, also announced that all discretionary funds previously vailable to federal and state ministers will be abolished. Moreover, the PML-N government has also decided to abolish the Peoples work Programme-II th e head used for the premiers discretionary spending. According to Dar, however, Peoples Works Programme-I, which allots discretionary funds to all members of Parliament, has been retained.The cuts in live expenditure still leave a taxation deficit of 1. 2 per cent of GDP. With the addition of the proposed Jump in the development budget, the PML-N government will be the first in the history of the country to induce with a working fiscal eficit of 6. 3 per cent, financed by costly domestic borrowing. It is likely to end up with a much higher deficit, given the gradual nature of the tax measures announced.Reliance on withholding taxes has been increased and specific and discretionary measures have been proposed rather than reforming the tax regime. In our tax culture, reducing the corporate tax rate and increasing the maximum rate for non-corporate businesses may not encourage corporatisation, but it will certainly closing at another record high, dictated by blue chip stocks. Inve stors welcomed the ew budget where the government announced a cut in corporate taxes by a percentage vizor and pledged resolution of the circular debt issue in 60 days.The suspense over the timing of a government request for an International Monetary gillyflower (IMF) bailout finally ended when Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said a new package will be negotiated but on Pakistans terms. Pakistan does not need to boot to the International Monetary Fund. The issue is to convert the present net outflow of resources into a net inflow. In parallel with austerity imposed on the current budget, nothing except the higher taxation of luxury ehicles has been announced on the import side.Privatisation and access to international capital market have also been mentioned. I think concerted effort can end circular debt in the short term. The main thing is underlying causes to see a permanent end of this deficit. Reforms announced to improve the performance of the mismanaged public enterprises, espec ially railways, require political will for implementation. Much more needs to be done than granting autonomy and placing the right man or woman on the right Job. If these steps will taken sincerely this nation will get finally releife in some years.

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