Provincial Minister for Finance Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha presided over a meeting Civil Secretariat today in which recoveries of non-tax revenue during March 2016 to March 2017 and the estimates of expected revenue during next quarter were reviewed before preparation of Budget 2017-18. Special Secretary Finance Saifullah Dogar, Deputy Secretary Finance Noorul Ain and concerned officers of Board of Revenue, Cooperatives, Education, Health, Agriculture, Forests & Wildlife, Communication & Works, Livestock, Industry, Irrigation, Mines & Minerals, Police, Law & Parliamentary Affairs and Home Departments attended the meeting.
Special Secretary Finance while giving briefing to the Provincial Finance Minister told that the non-tax recoveries of Communication & Works, Agriculture, Education, Health, Livestock and Home Department have improved as compared to last year. He informed that most of the departments are near to achieve the targets fixed in the budget and will achieve their fixed targets at the end of the current financial year. The meeting also identified the departments showing poor performance and got briefing from these departments. The Finance Minister while expressing satisfaction over the performance of Education, Health, Agriculture, Communication & Works, Mines & Minerals and Home Departments said that the provincial government is especially focusing to the Education, Health, Agriculture and infrastructure. She said it is essential that the concerned departments should also pay attention to enhance their capacity-building. She said that these departments should not only meet their own expenditures but also increase the resources of the province so that maximum facilities could be provided to the common man. Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha directed the departments not achieving the targets of non-tax revenue to improve their performance. She also assured assistance for resolving their problems. She said that all departments can improve their performance by minimizing the leakage chances through automation in the recovery system. The Provincial Minister said that the targets of non-tax revenue in the next budget will be fixed in consultation with the concerned departments.