Salaries of all provincial ministers to be reduced by 25 percent

A meeting of the Punjab Cabinet was held under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at Chief
Minister’s Secretariat, here which gave unanimous approval for the presentation of the budget for the fiscal year 2010-11 in the assembly and also took a number of other important decisions.

It was decided in the meeting that salaries of all provincial ministers will be reduced by 25
percent while their office expenditure will also be curtailed by 25 percent.

It was also decided in the meeting that all provincial ministers and civil and police officers will use government vehicles only in accordance with
their entitlement and the decision will be strictly implemented. It was decided that the provincial cabinet will be informed in the next meeting
about the Bank of Punjab affairs and the privatization process in the province.

While addressing the meeting, Punjab Chief Minister
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that he is thankful to the members of Punjab cabinet and secretaries and staff of the departments concerned for the preparation of the budget meticulously and painstakingly. He said that a cabinet meeting will be convened after the approval of the budget and a
strategy will be evolved for monitoring and implementation of the budget.

He said that like the previous year, solid measures have also been taken this year for reducing non-developmental expenditure. He said that he has decided to curtail expenditure of Chief Minister’s Secretariat by 25 percent, and he is also grateful to provincial ministers who have set a noble example by
announcing 25 percent cut in their office expenditures as well as salaries.

He lauded the Excise Minister, Chief Secretary, Secretary Excise and the staff of the department for showing excellent performance in achieving the
revenue targets.

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