Balochistan presents Rs.584 bs outlay budget with a deficit

Finance Minister Zahoor Buledi presented the budget amid protest by opposition lawmakers

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Balochistan presents Rs.584 bs outlay budget with a deficit

Manan Mandokhail, News Desk:

Finance Minister Balochistan, Zahoor Buledi presented Rs.584 billion outlay budget for the financial year 2021-2022 on Friday evening in the provincial assembly. Presenting the budget in the house, Mr. Buledi informed that Rs. 346.861bs allocated for non-development expenditures, whereas, Rs. 189.196 bs allocated for the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP). The government has shown Rs. 84.7 bs as a deficit in the budget.

The opposition legislators boycotted the budget session and termed it an anti-masses budget. Three members of the opposition also suffered injuries during a clash with police prior to the assembly session. “The opposition’s attitude was not democratic”, Jam Kamal Khan, Chief Minister Balochistan told reporters outside the assembly. He said the opposition harmed the sanctity of assembly by staging violent protests inside the assembly.

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2,286 new schemes included in the budget

The Finance Minister informed that the number of ongoing development schemes is 1525 and allocated Rs. 112.545 bs in this regard. He mentioned that Rs. 76.651 bs allocated for 2,286 new schemes in the budget.

Mr. Buledi stated that the government has also created 5,854 vacancies in various departments to address the issue of unemployment in the province. The government has also increased the salaries of the employees by 10 percent.

Rs. 71 bs allocated for education sector in Balochistan 

Mr. Buledi informed that the present government has allocated Rs. 71bs for education, Rs. 38 bs for the health sector, Rs. 52 bs for law and order during the budget for the financial year 2021-2022.

For the health sector, the government has allocated Rs. 5 bs for health insurance to provide better and free health facilities to the masses. The government has also allocated Rs. 3 bs for the “Apna Ghar Housing” scheme, Rs. 2 bs for disabled people, Rs. 2 bs for Balochistan Endowment Fund.

The government has also allocated Rs. 11 bs for improvement district headquarters hospital to make sure provision of better health facilities to the masses.

Mr. Buledi mentioned that more than 100 schools would be upgraded across Balochistan.

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