APP56-17 ISLAMABAD: May 17 - Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chairing a briefing session with Federal Board of Revenue. APP

ISLAMABAD, May 17 (APP): Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar said on Wednesday that in line with the tradition of the last three years, the government was according top priority to the well-being of the general public in upcoming budget.
He was chairing separate meetings with senior officials of Finance Division and Federal Board of Revenue on the upcoming budget at the Ministry of Finance, said a press release issued here.
Finance Secretary informed the Minister that budget preparations were progressing smoothly according to the prescribed time lines. He also apprised him about proposals for consideration in the budget for FY 2017-18.
Chairman FBR also gave a presentation to the Finance Minister on tax measures envisaged in the next budget, including measures for improvement in the system of tax collection, broadening the tax base, and facilitation to tax-payers.
The Minister urged close coordination and thorough preparations by all departments and ministries involved in budget-related events including the presentation of the budget in the Parliament and launching of the Economic Survey.
He said that the budget measures would be focused on employment generation and achieving higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
The Finance Minister said the budget was being prepared after extensive consultations with all stakeholders, including the business community, traders and chambers of commerce and industries, who had all provided valuable and constructive suggestions. He encouraged all concerned officials to continue putting in their best efforts to finalize all the arrangements in time.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Revenue, and senior officials of FBR and Ministry of Finance also participated in the meetings.