It was decided in a high-level meeting, held at chief minister’s office here on Wednesday with Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar in the chair, that the Punjab government will present remaining eight months budget on October 16.

It took a detailed review of different proposals regarding the provincial budget and annual development program. Addressing the meeting, the CM said that the first budget of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government should fully depict change and added that the unrealistic development targets will not be fixed now.

Rather, our development program would be in accordance with the needs of the people. Special attention would be given to the development of southern Punjab and policies will be formulated to benefit the common people. He added that the upcoming budget would also address the wrong policies of the past because the previous government started schemes for their personal projection rather giving any attention to the public welfare.

He disclosed that wrong schemes of the past will be revaluated and unnecessary schemes will not be continued. The money saved from such schemes would be spent on public welfare and a new example would be set by promoting a culture of austerity and simplicity, he concluded. Finance minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, finance secretary and high officials were also present in the meeting.