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Government unveiled Rs 9.5 trillion federal budget for 2022-23


FROM one eye on International Monetary Fund and others on voters, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail on An inflation rate of 9.5 trillion rupees was proposed on Friday. budget among the frightening challenge to achieve ambitious goals.

new budget for fiscal year 2022-2023 provides solace to a salaried class whose tax burden has been greatly reduced. in in addition to 15% increase in salary of suffering from inflation government employees.

But his only measure is a proposal to impose a tax of 50 rupees per liter of gasoline. for additional income of 300 billion rupees – not only eclipsed some good measures, but may also make it hard for in coalition partners to protect budget.

government offered 740 billion rupees new taxes, including Rs 440 billion tax measures proposed by the Federal Council of Income. A little of major relief measures will be offset by increased in Gasoline prices due to a fee of 50 rupees per liter along with 17% sales tax.

When promulgated first budget of in coalition government in unusually calm atmosphere, Mifta tried to tax the sacred cows – the real estate sector, the richest people bye also making commercial banks cough more painlessly earned money.

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retailers were taxed in fixed rate through electricity bills, while the wealthiest Pakistanis hold offshore assets will pay annually 1% of Meaning of their foreign assets in taxes.

The tax burden on Registration of luxury cars of over 1600 cu. cm doubled, and indicators on sales, purchase and profit made on properties have increased significantly.

There were no measures announced cut current account deficit or import as finance minister establishes current Account deficit target is only 2.2% of Gross domestic product (GDP).

” coalition government took it hard decisions and process of taking these difficult steps not yet completed,” Miftah said. in his budget speech.

“It’s difficult times brought on us in recent years of economic mismanagement. Through this budget government will manage our way out of these challenges taking hard decisions while minimizing impact on vulnerable segments.

coalition government caved in in IMF demand exhibit primary budget surplus, increasing it to Rs 152 billion through fiscal consolidation planning. of almost 1.8 trillion rupees or 2.2% of GDP in in next fiscal year. This is the coolest consolidation on offer in elections year against the background of increased political uncertainty and tough negotiations with the IMF.

Negotiations with the IMF have so far been fruitless, and it may take some time after the financial minister announced certain measures against the will of in global creditor.

Setting an inflation target of 11.5%, Miftah said that total the size of 2022-23 budget will amount to 9.5 trillion rubles.higher by only 4.6%, making the spending forecast unrealistic from the day one. this will be very difficult for in government practically freeze spending in in next fiscal year when there will be a significant increase in cost of life.

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Growth in Prices of electricity, gas and oil products also Jack up in cost of in military and civil government, which was not properly reflected in in budget figures proposed by the Ministry of Finance minister.

The gross revenue target was set for 9 trillion rupees – higher by 23%, which government wants to achieve through a combination of taxes and non-tax measures, including oil levy on petrol and high speed diesel.

Unlike in in past, budget the speech was delivered in calm environment, due to the absence of real opposition from house – Pakistani Tehrik-i-Insaf.

Main challenge that finance minister It has set for must put the primary budget surplus of 152 billion rupees, especially when provincial governments announced big development budgets that leave little space for 800 billion rupees cash surplus of four federation units, according to his budget.

Finance minister said that government will focus on agriculture, productivity improvement and export promotion in in next budget.

Government unveiled Rs 9.5 trillion federal budget for    2022-23

budget framework predicts about 0.2% of primary GDP budget excess indicates that net income will more than expenses, except debt service cost. Earlier, during the Doha round of negotiation, government presented primary budget deficit framework, to which the IMF did not agree.

Main chunk of in new budget – 5.45 trillion rupees or almost 58% of in budget – will only be spent on two heads – debt service and protection. There is an alarming rise of over Rs 806 billion or 26% growth. in debt service cost in just a year. In the outgoing fiscal year, share of these two components were half of in total budget. Protection Services share remained constant, but debt service went out of control.

interior debt service will eat up almost 3.5 trillion rupees and another 511 billion rupees will be given for foreign debt service. Average percentage rate in in next fiscal year estimated at 14%, which will remove what government will earn in additional income.

Although government will aim for 152 billion rupees in the primary phase. budget target surplus, the Ministry of Finance will continue to borrow 4.6 trillion rupees for run its activities thanks to almost 3.95 trillion rupees debt service cost in fiscal year 2022-23. This will highest-Ever debt service cost in in history of Pakistan.

Rs 1.75 trillion or equal to 2.2% of a steeper GDP adjustment will be challenging in elections year and chances for slippage will remain high.

Size 9.5 trillion rupees of in budget is higher by almost 418 billion rupees or 4.6% over it’s yearfixed budget of over RUB 9 trillion There was growth of eleven% in costs when compared with in original budget of 8.5 trillion rupees, which is now redundant.

current spending is expected to rise by just 3% to Rs 8.7 trillion. against revised estimates.

Protection budget estimated at about 1.523 trillion rupees.up by 43 billion rupees or 3% over revised budget of outgoing fiscal year. Ministry of protection has already additionally took 110 billion rubles. budget for outgoing fiscal year.

government sharply cut subsidies, estimated at 699 billion rupees. in in next fiscal year.

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it down by 815 billion rupees or 54% over is the year of the revised estimates. cost of pensions are 530 billion rupees, and current of civil government will consume only 550 billion rupees. 550 billion rupees cost seems low due to magnification in cost of utilities under the IMF program.

government Rs 727 billion offered for Public Sector Development Program for in next fiscal year, although Minister of Planning Ahsan Iqbal unveiled the draft PSDP of 800 billion rupees. government introduced budget target deficit of 4.9% of in total the size of in the economy, or 3.8 trillion rubles.

But major challenge for finance minister will organize record $41 billion in foreign loans in next fiscal year to remain afloat. “Pakistan will require the repayment of foreign loans in the amount of $21 billion, this need another 12 billion dollars for current financing the account deficit and $8 billion. more for an increase in foreign exchange reserves to $18 billion,” the statement said. minister said.

government estimated receiving $16 billion. in foreign loans in in next fiscal year for budget goals. Federal Council of The income tax target was set 7 trillion rupees, that is higher by 17% over revised estimates. Non-tax revenue receipts are projected at Rs 2 trillion, requiring 52% growth, indicating that government restore oil collection rates.

The purpose of collecting oil fees was set for 750 billion rupees on back of charge 50 rubles per liter. it second unrealistic goal after primary budget surplus. For outgoing fiscal yearprevious government It was set The tax collection target is 610 billion rupees, but the revised collection figure is now shown at 135 billion rupees.

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Import by commercial importers also taxed at a 4% rate, which can trigger inflation.

The gross income is estimated at 9 trillion rupees. for next fiscal year – up nearly one- the fourth or 1.7 trillion rupees. The provinces will receive 4.1 trillion rubles. shareleaving the federal government with 4.9 trillion rupees net income. net income of federal government expected to be 600 billion rupees less than spending on protection and debt service.

With additional contributions from APP and Radio Pakistan


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