Budget 2020-21: CM Usman Buzdar directs departments to cut unnecessary expenditures.

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed the provincial departments to cut unnecessary expenditures as novel coronavirus has created difficult circumstances, Dunya News reported on Thursday.

Usman Buzdar chaired a special session at the CM Office to deliberate on the upcoming budget and annual development program for fiscal year 2020-21. The CM instructed to give priority to health and welfare sectors in the budget.

“All departments need to follow strict financial discipline and promote austerity measures by controlling expenditures. Solid steps should be taken by departments themselves and subsidies being given to various sectors should be lessened.

“Attention should be paid to public-private partnerships for development works and a compact program should be devised to provide relief to commoners.”

Chairman of the Planning and Development Board gave briefing over the annual development program for 2020-21.

Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, Adviser Dr Salman Shah, chief secretary, finance secretary, special monitoring unit chief and others attended the meeting.