ISLAMABAD– Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the economic team to give a special focus on the development projects while formulating the upcoming annual budget and the measures to control the inflation.
Chairing a meeting to discuss the next annual budget and national economy, the prime minister said that besides ensuring the completion of ongoing development projects, new projects should also be designed in accordance with the public needs.
The prime minister also sought proposals from the senior party leadership regarding the next budget.
The meeting also discussed in detail the national economy, strategy to control inflation, and development projects for the next fiscal year.
The participants were told that the next one would be a development budget with full attention towards improvement of growth ratio. By expediting the development work, new projects would be launched to enhance economic activities, GDP growth and revenue collection besides begetting jobs.
The meeting was told that the pandemic had impacted the economies globally; however the economic activity was going on in Pakistan owing to government’s prudent policies.
It was told that despite COVID-19 situation, revenue collection had been recorded at almost double before the current lockdown comparing April last year.
Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Sunday also paid a surprise visit to different localities of the federal capital to inspect the business activities as well as development works.
The prime minister personally drove the vehicle setting aside the protocol. He visited the modular carts placed in G-11 Markaz under Ehsaas Program’s Rerhi Baan initiative. He questioned the cart owners about the position of their businesses.
The prime minister, who also wore a mask, also advised a boy at a cart to wear the mask as part of the government’s efforts to strictly implement the anti-COVID precautions amidst third wave of the pandemic.
“Get a mask for your little brother too,” Khan told a young boy, who like others were pleasantly surprised to find the prime minister amidst them.
While frying samosas for Iftar shoppers, Qurban Ali, a cart owner, thanked the prime minister and his government for providing them a business point to help them earn livelihood for their families.
“We are grateful to you, that you thought about us,” Qurban commented. The prime minister also went around different stalls of fruits and other stuff in the market.
Senator Faisal Javed and Chairman Capital Development Authority Amer Ahmed Ali also accompanied the prime minister.
Without creating any interruption in the traffic flow, the prime minister drove through the crowded streets of the city and also stopped at the traffic signal.
Imran Khan visited Sewage Treatment Plant at sector I-9 and under construction Korang Cricket Ground where he was briefed by the CDA chairman about the projects. He also inspected the stone lining of storm water drains.