Lahore (Staff Report): Punjab government employees salaries and pensions have been increased by 10 percent as the caretaker cabinet approved a four-month budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 with a total outlay of Rs693 billion.

Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Dr Hasan Askari presided over the provincial cabinet meeting. Addressing the meeting, Dr. Askari said the caretaker government had presented budget in accordance with the constitutional requirements.

The cabinet also approved to review the house rent of government employees .

The government gave approval to the development budget for four months for the new Fiscal Year 2018-19. The meeting also approved the estimates of recurring expenditures of four months of the upcoming fiscal year.

Funds for education, healthcare, agriculture and social sectors had been increased, he said.

Performance of the Punjab Revenue Authority was also appreciated in the meeting. Earlier, Secretary Finance gave the briefing about the salient features of new fiscal year’s budget. Provincial ministers, chief secretary, Inspector General of police and senior officials attended the meeting.