Budget 2020-21: The impact of COVID-19 and what the govt is doing to cope


Mohammad Saeed, 55, father of six and a construction laborer, waits for work during a lockdown in Karachi. ? Reuters The budget for the financial year 2020-21, presented today by Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar, made frequent mention of the coronavirus pandemic ? and for justifiable reasons. The government’s efforts to bring the economy back on track ? which had arguably seen considerable progress in the first nine months of the year ? were undone by the outbreak and the unavoidable lockdown subsequently imposed.