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PR No.130 FINANCE MINISTER CHAIRS MEETING ON BUDGET MATTERS Islamabad

Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, here on Saturday chaired a high level meeting to review proposed calendar of events and other matters related to the federal budget for FY 2017-18.

The Minister was given a briefing on the proposed schedule by the Finance Secretary, Mr. Tariq Bajwa.

The Minister expressed his satisfaction with the progress of various activities and emphasized the importance of completing all the scheduled activities in a timely manner. He directed the officials concerned to ensure that budget preparations were undertaken as per timelines, with due consideration to the timing of holy month of Ramadan this year. He also stressed the need for close coordination between Ministry of Finance and other Ministries/Departments so as to carry out the budget exercise in an efficient and cohesive manner.

The Minister said that, keeping in line with the past four years’ tradition of the present PML-N Government, all opinion, proposals and constructive suggestions from stakeholders and experts will be taken into account while preparing the budget. He said that as always, ensuring
well-being of the general public will be accorded the utmost priority. The Minister impressed upon all the officials concerned to undertake budget preparations diligently while also abiding by the time lines.

Senior officials of the Ministry of Finance attended the meeting.

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