PTI government to present Federal Budget 2019-20 in NA today

08:52 PM | 10 Jun, 2019
PTI government to present Federal Budget 2019-20 in NA today
ISLAMABAD – The federal budget for the next fiscal year will be presented in the National Assembly today (Tuesday).

Prime Minister's Adviser on Finance Dr Hafeez Shaikh will present the budget emphasising on austerity, fiscal discipline, external sector management and protection of the poor.

The meeting of the National Assembly for the budget will be started at 5 in the afternoon at Parliament House.

Earlier, Dr Shaikh said crucial decisions are being made to correct the course of the economy and stabilize it.

Unveiling the Economic Survey 2018-19 in Islamabad on Monday, he said Pakistan is endowed with natural resources including fertile land, a long coastline, hardworking people, rich minerals and a number of other assets.

Hafeez Shaikh said the government inherited a weak economy with a total debt touching Rs31,000 billion which were taken over the previous years.

He said in the coming years, Rs3,000 billion will have to be paid in terms of interest only on these loans.

The adviser said $97 billion were taken as external loans while the wealth-producing capacity of the country was increased by zero percent due to no raise in exports in all these years.

This is an alarming situation for the country's economy and the rupee is facing a lot of pressure.

Hafeez Shaikh said Rs2,300 billion were spent beyond income that resulted in printing more currency notes and leading towards inflation.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan has shown the commitment to make difficult decisions in order to change things on permanent basis.

Hafeez Shaikh said the PTI government took important decisions to correct the course of economy.

For this purpose, duties were increased on imports to restrict the current account deficit. Incentives were given to export industries to increase their share.

He said PM Imran, through his personal efforts, received $9.2 billion from friendly countries. A deferred oil payment facility from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Islamic Development Banks was achieved.

It was also decided to forge a partnership with IMF to provide a sound footing to the economy and also show the commitment that we are ready for financial discipline. A successful partnership of 6.2 billion dollars with IMF was achieved.

Dr Shaikh said the public sector institutions will be strengthened.

He said in the past the public utility companies as well as transportation, insurance and other institutions were made hollow from inside due to corruption.

The money which was to be used on health, education and other facilities to people was rather spent on these white elephants to the tune of 1300 billion rupees.

The finance adviser said effort has been made to put minimum burden on poor segments of the society.

He said Rs216 billion have been earmarked in the next budget to provide subsidy to consumers who are using low consumption of electricity.

He said the amount for financial handouts to the poor is being doubled in the coming budget.

Enumerating the priorities of the government, Hafeez Sheikh said our priorities are to stabilize the economy addressing immediate threats, improve relations with foreign countries to reap benefits, strengthen domestic industry, give a pivotal focus to marginalized people, and convince the rich to pay their due share of taxes.

He said the tax collection is very low and a large segment of the population does not want to give its share in the form of taxes.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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