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PM decides not to use full strength of 49 ministers: Dar.

ISLAMABAD -- About austerity measures, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the prime minister has decided not to use the full strength of 49 ministers allowed under the constitution.

He announced this while presenting the Federal Budget 2013-14 in the National Assembly here on Wednesday.

He said a programme has also been started to reduce allocations for various offices. In this regard expenditures of the prime minister office have been reduced from Rs 725 million in the outgoing year to Rs 396 million in the new fiscal year.

He said other than obligatory expenditures of debt servicing, defence, pay and allowances of civil services and grant, there will be a thirty percent cut on all other expenditures in accordance with the announcement of the prime minister which will help save forty billion rupees.

Similarly, he said, no car except operational vehicles of law enforcing agencies and critical development projects will be purchased. He said the discretionary grant of all federal ministers is being removed.

He said as a relief measure to mitigate the sufferings of retired government employees, it has been decided to increase pension by 10 percent. He said those pensioners who are getting three thousand rupees will now be given five thousand rupees per month.

He said under Ramazan package, the government is designing a comprehensive plan to provide relief to the people by reducing the prices of essential commodities through utility stores corporation. An amount of two billion rupees has been allocated in the budget for this purpose besides other additional efforts.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 13, 2013
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