Islamabad: Pakistan`s USD 30.4 billion (Rs 2.6 trillion) budget for fiscal 2010-11 beginning July 01, which has allocated Rs 450 billion for defence, will be presented in Parliament on Saturday.
The budget, which will be presented in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, has, however, deferred the imposition of value added tax (VAT) due to opposition from the provincial governments.
The Rs 450 billion allocated for defence is Rs 107 billion more than the Rs 343 billion allocated for the 2009-10 fiscal. A separate allocation would be made for the war against terror.
Quoting official sources, Online news agency reported on Friday that the budget will recommend a 20 to 25 percent rise in salaries of government employees while tax recoveries have been targeted at Rs 1.7 trillion.
The budget has allocated Rs 660 billion for the Annual Development Programme (ADP), while sales tax will be increased one percent and incentives have been given for the salaried class.
According to sources in the Finance Ministry, regulatory duty on more than 250 edibles would be removed while an increase in the tax on cosmetics, tobacco and electronic goods is likely.
According to sources, the duty on import of vehicles is likely to be reduced by 10 percent, while a six percent increase would be announced in electricity prices.
The establishment of new power distribution companies would also be announced in the budget.
A special cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani today will give final approval for the budget. The cabinet would also take a final decision on increasing the salaries of government employees.