LCCI suggests govt to overcome budget deficit

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LAHORE, Jan 13 (APP):Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) on Saturday suggested the government to workout doable methods to control budget deficit by learning from the experience of those countries which have controlled their budget deficit drastically.
LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid and Vice President Zeshan Khalil stated here that government would have to use a
combination of policies as the most effective method to bring down budget deficit was the aim for positive economic growth.
They also called for reducing non-productive expenditures of the state, because non-development expenditures were not
only heavily contributing to budget deficit but also one of the major reasons of huge burden of external debts. They
pointed out that currently, the percentage of government spending to GDP was on the higher side that must be
controlled.
They also proposed that government should broaden the tax base and bring untaxed sectors into the tax net which would
increase government revenues and reduce the budget deficit.
They were of the view that agriculture sector of the country also had the ability to contribute significantly to national exchequer, citing that agriculture, livestock and dairy sector could play a crucial role in the economic turnaround of Pakistan, therefore, government should fully exploit its potential to get rid of the economic ills.
LCCI office-bearers said that economic growth was essential to reduce budget deficit, adding that revenues of
the governments would automatically increase with the growth of trade and industry that was possible only, if the number or
ratio of the taxes were not raised.
They also opposed the proposed plan to impose fresh regulatory duties on a number of items to curtail budget
deficit. They demanded of the government to not only shelve the plan for imposing fresh regulatory duties but also
withdraw the existing RD. They said that a meeting of the stakeholders must be convened immediately to get their
feedback on the issues of regulatory duty, economic growth and budget deficit etc.