ishaq darISLAMABAD: Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar presented the federal budget for the year 2013-2014 in the National Assembly on Wednesday, IFM Web Desk.

The first litmus test of the newly sworn-in government began when Dar presented a Rs3.5 trillion federal budget in a bid to revive the country’s ailing economy. Designed to target an estimated growth rate of 4.4% over the next fiscal year, the budget would seek to reduce non-development expenditures and fix a burgeoning energy crisis that has been costing the country 2% of gross domestic product annually.

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6:52pm

We have inherited a weak economy. Its recovery is our topmost priority, says Dar.

Our government won’t run away from obstacles.

We have embarked on a way that is filled with challenges but this is the only way we can assure prosperity and progress in the country, says Dar.

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6:50pm

Pension will see an increase of 10%, says Dar.

Minimum pension amount has been increased from Rs3000 to Rs5000.

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6:49pm

Restrictions will be placed on the purchase of new cars.

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6:47pm

The new government will have less than 40 ministries, says Dar.

No vehicle can be imported without paying the duty tax.

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6:44pm

All organisations and autonomous bodies have been asked to freeze secret funds.

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6:41pm

We promise transparency to the people, says Dar.

People Work Programme 2 is being abolished.

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6:36pm

Prime Minister Youth Skills Development Program will be launched. Whoever is younger than 25 years will be provided with 6-month vocational training. All expenses will be covered by the federal government, says Dar.

Masters and PhD student’s fees will also be paid by the federal government.

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6:35pm

Laptops will be given to any student who is getting higher education from any HEC associated university, says Dar.

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6:33pm

A scheme will be launched to provide employment training opportunities for the youth in government offices, says Dar.

Whoever is younger than 25 years old and has completed 16 years of education will be eligible for the one year training program. Rs10,000 will be paid monthly to the enrolled candidates.

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6:32pm

100% sales and excise duty has been abolished for Hybrid vehicles upto 1,200cc.

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6:28pm

The current budget will be encourage the exploration of alternate energy sources. Machinery that makes use of wind and solar energy will be made easily available.

Energy savers will be exempted from customs duty.

Access to clean water is the basic right of every citizen. To mitigate the prevalence of water-borne diseases, water filtration system will have its customs duty reduced, says Dar.

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6:24pm

Necessary amendments are being made to address the ambiguity surrounding sales tax and federation excise.

Sales tax has been increased from 16% to 17%.
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6:19pm

0.5% tax will be levied on movable property in the government’s income support programme and I will be the first one to make the contribution, says Dar.

Aashiana housing scheme will be launched.

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6:18pm

Rs 100,000 to Rs 2,000,000 loans will be made available to small businesses.

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6:13pm

Adjustable taxes will be levied on small businesses.
Withholding tax will be levied on traders’ registrations.

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6:10pm

An adjustable withholding tax has been introduced for holding wedding functions in hotels, clubs etc.

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6:05pm

Special economic zones, with tax exemptions will be launched.

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6:04pm

Government is chalking out a fool-proof tax recovery system.

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6:02pm

10% increase in pension has been approved by the federal cabinet.

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5:58pm

Withholding tax will be imposed on foreign soap operas and movies, says Dar.

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5:56pm

The government plans to increase credit facilities for the private sector by reducing its own borrowings.

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5:54pm

Rs21 billion has been allocated for the health sector.

The federal government will provide assistance to the four provinces in their task of combating prevalent illnesses like measles, says Dar.

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5:50pm

Rs2 billion relief package will be granted during the holy month of Ramazan.

Rs18 billion fund has been allocated for HEC.

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5:47pm

30 bn will be allocated to pakistan Railway : Dar

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5:46pm

Tax exemption on VVIP cars will be abolished.

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5:45pm

We are making immediate arrangements to link Gawadar to northern areas of the country: Dar

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5:40pm

Business loans will be granted 8% mark-up from Rs10 million to Rs20 million, says Dar.

Rs225 billion have been allocated for investment in the energy sector.

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5:38pm

We need to explore new sources of water supply. Our government is allocating Rs59billion for the purpose, says Dar.

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5:35pm

Budget is part of medium term economic framework: Dar

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5:33pm

Benazir income support program will remain continue he amount will be increase to Rs 75 billion which is an 80 percent increase. We will make some changes to the program so people do not become dependent on it: Dar

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5:31pm

Employment oppurtunities will be created in the private sector: Dar

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5:31pm

3G licenses will be sold in a transparent within the current fiscal year: Dar

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5:29pm

Low budget Nandi Pur project will be completed in 18 months, says Dar.

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5:28pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will announce an energy policy. Dar

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5:26pm

We will take legal action against whoever is responsible for the misuse of country’s resources, says Dar.

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5:24pm

In an historical move, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to resolve the circular debt situation within 60 days.

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5:21pm

We will keep a steady watch on the prices, says Ishaq Dar.

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5:19pm

Our aim is to reduce fiscal deficit rate, says Dar.

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5:18pm

We will have to bring a revolution in the shattered infrastructure of the country, says Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

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5:17pm

The previous government left the economy in tatters. The value of dollar rose from Rs60 to Rs100. The government borrowed heavily from IMF, says Dar.

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5:12pm

We want to create an economy that doesn’t depend on other countries, says Dar.

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5:11pm

The budget is based on our party’s manifesto, says Dar.

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5:05pm

Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has started to announce the provisions of the federal budget.

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5:00pm

The Federal Cabinet has approved the 2013-2014 budget.

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