Budget preparations being done with extensive consultations: Dar


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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar Wednesday said that the government was conducting its budget preparations based on extensive consultations and input from all stakeholders, including representatives of the IT and telecom sectors.

The minister was chairing a high-level meeting at the Ministry of Finance.

Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Anusha Rahman Khan apprised the Finance Minister about taxation-related proposals from the IT and telecom industries.

She also briefed on the progress of the planned frequency spectrum auction.

Ishaq Dar said that the proposals from the IT and telecom industries would be given due consideration during the finalization of the budget.

He said the government recognized the importance of IT and telecom in today’s world.

He emphasized that the government was undertaking measures for enhancing digital inclusion across Pakistan as a matter of priority.

Finance Secretary, Secretary IT & Telecom, Chairman PTA, Member (Telecom) at Ministry of IT & Telecom and senior officials of the Ministry of Finance also attended the meeting.—APP