Punjab govt also suggests 15% pay raise for its employees in budget
No new tax proposed: Sahulat programme to continue in next FY: Name of provincial finance minister to be announced shortly
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Following increase in the salaries of federal government employees suggested in the national budget, the Punjab government, too, is considering proposing 15 percent raise in the salaries of its employees in the budget for the next financial year (2022-23) to be presented day after tomorrow (June 13, 2022–Monday), reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.
Sources told 24News TV channel that the proposal of five percent raise in retired employees’ pensions had also been inserted in the budget document.
They disclosed that the finance department had completed its working in this connection.
Furthermore, they added, a relief package would also be introduced in the budget in view of rising inflation.
Sources explained that steps to control the prices of essential items had also been listed in the money bill which the Punjab government would take to provide relief to the inflation-hit people.
Apart from that, they went on to add, there would be mention of the steps the provincial government would take to conserve energy so that loadshedding hours could be curtailed.
However, the sources revealed, no new taxes had been announced in the budget.
Besides that, 24News learnt that it had been decided that the ‘Sahulat Package’, which had been announced to provide flour to people at cheaper rates, would continue in the next financial year as well.
Large amounts had been allocated for development projects, they told.
As just two days are to go to the presentation of Punjab budget, the decision as to who will present it will be taken in a few hours from now.
Both PML-N and PPP are in consultations with each other over the selection of the provincial finance minister.
While the PPP has put forward the name of Makhdoom Usman for the position, the PML-N has announced the name of Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman as its candidate.
Reporters: Qaiser Khokhar, Ali Ramay and Ali Akbar