ISLAMABAD, The continuous increase in fiscal deficit will drag our economy towards major downturn, which is already in doldrums due to various core issues that need to be addressed by the Government on urgent basis.
Asad Farid, Acting President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) has shown serious concern over the increasing trend in fiscal deficit, which stood around 6 percent of GDP.
The Government should continue its efforts to maintain financial discipline instead of hefty borrowing from State Bank of Pakistan that already went up in FY2011-12, he said this in a press release issued here on Monday.
The Government should regulate its public spending and pursue a sound fiscal policy that could also help reduce current account deficit, ICCI Acting President maintained.
He was of the view that every political party in the present democratic set up should work jointly for improving country’s economic uplift rather than making huge unnecessary expenditures that rendered heavy dents on our fragile economic system.
He said that fiscal deficit could have been lowered by increasing the Government revenue for which effective measures were needed to expand the tax net, which could have been done if Government brings all sectors under tax net.
Asad Farid said that the target to reduce the budget deficit to 4 percent is a daydream as steps to make it a reality were deliberately avoided by economic managers. He said that Government should initiate comprehensive fiscal reforms and widen tax base to curtail huge fiscal deficit and borrowing from central bank.