LAHORE: The provincial minister HR&MA Ijaz Alam Augustine has said that Government of the Punjab has presented a balanced Budget 2020-21 while the country’s economy was under a lot of pressure and difficulties in view of the corona virus, but despite that Punjab Government has managed a people-friendly budget. He said that the presentation of tax free budget by the Punjab Government in unfavorable conditions is a great achievement which is commendable while no new tax has been leveled. The minister said that worth of 500 million being also fixed for current fiscal year for the Human Rights & Minority Affairs Department of Punjab, while special focused has been given to the corona pandemic.
He further said that through this budget development of model localities of minorities, improvement renovation of religious places for minorities to promote tourism, educational scholarships for minorities’ students, financial assistance for minorities’ students through PEEF, minority development fund and completion of on-going schemes will be focused. Religious minorities are integral parts of the society as constitution of Pakistan given equal rights as other citizens and in the tenure of PTIs special attention being paid to religious minorities, he concluded.