LAHORE  -  Provincial Minister for Law and Finance Zia Haider Rizvi called on caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Dr Hasan Askari at his office here yesterday.

During the meeting, the chief minister lauded efforts of Rizvi and his team for taking measures to maintain financial discipline in the province. He appreciated austerity measures taken by the finance department.

Speaking on the occasion, Askari said that timely and purposeful use of resources helps solve problems of people. He said that financial discipline is imperative for every government. That is why the caretaker government has overcome waste of resources and guidelines have been issued with regard to use of funds by the finance department. Correct use of resources provides necessary relief to people and sufficient space is created for proper use of funds for development of social sector. He said the ban on unnecessary expenditure by the caretaker government will result in producing positive impacts and more resources would be available for improving healthcare, education and other social sectors.

He said that resources should be enhanced for provision of different facilities to the masses and added that this would help in fulfilling the expectations of the people towards their government. It is the fundamental responsibility of every government to devise an effective mechanism for solving day-to-day problems of the people and required resources should also be allocated in this regard. There is a need to work in a professional manner with innovative ideas to meet the emerging challenges, he added.

Dr Askari said that promotion of norms of simplicity and austerity at the government level would help to overcome the unnecessary expenditures and thus enhanced resources could be used for providing basic needs to the people. The governments should work in a proactive manner to achieve this goal, he said. Utilization of resources for solving the problems of the people paves the way for prosperity in the country, he said. Decrease in non-development expenditures is in the interest of the people and caretaker government has set an example for the upcoming government by decreasing such expenditures, concluded the chief minister.

Zia apprized the chief minister about the performance of law and finance departments and said that unnecessary expenditures of different departments have been decreased by following strict financial discipline. Similarly, a saving of around four crore rupees has been made in the monthly expenditures of the chief minister’s office, he said.