Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Zahir Ali Shah appreciated the 2011-12 budget, saying that the government had presented the budget under fragile conditions with the aim of protect the poor.
In a press statement issued here on Saturday, Shah appreciated the proposed of 15 per cent raise in public employees’ salaries and 20 per cent increase for pensioners.
He also welcomed the reduction in sales tax, saying that the decrease will benefit the common man. “Approximately 2.3 million tax defaulters have been served notices that will help increase tax net and improve the economy”, he added.
Shah expressed full support to the decision to slash import duty on gold, adding that limit on income tax had been increased from Rs300,000 to Rs 350,000, while excise duties had also been abolished to provide relief to the middle class. He further remarked that Rs18 billion had been allotted for Basha Dam while Rs200 million was allocated for Khyber Institute of Child Health in the budget.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2011.
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