Government presented a balanced budget: Firdous Says allocation of Rs560b for budget depicts PTI’s priorities

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Amraiz Khan

Special Assistant to Chief Minister (SACM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Tuesday said that the government has presented a balanced budget, which represents public aspirations.

Dr Firdous said that following in the footsteps of Centre, the Punjab government presented a budget with historic Rs560 billion development budget.

The SACM said that overall Rs370 billion have been set aside for health sector while Rs80 billion has been allocated for universal health coverage.

She informed said that allocation of over Rs442 billion for education is proof of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s people friendly policies.

Meanwhile, SACM Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the Punjab government presented a balanced budget in accordance with the vision and policies of PM Imran Khan so that composite development could be ensured in the province.

She said that the budget aims at spending resources on the welfare of the common man because public welfare is the gist of democracy.

The allocation of Rs560 billion for development is a commitment of the PTI government that no segment of the society will remain deprived of the development process.

The Special Assistant said the government has allocated Rs370 billion for health and Rs80 billion for universal health insurance.

She said that Rs442 billion for education will go a long way to spread the light of knowledge in the province, adding that Rs32 billion will be spent to develop the agriculture sector as Punjab is the food basket of the whole province.

Dr Firdous congratulated the government employees for a 10 percent increase in pay and pension along with a 25 percent special allowance, adding that an increase in minimum wage will benefit the labour community.

This is not a routine budget as the PTI is working hard to develop the province of Punjab which has remained victim to a spate of corruption, inefficiency, nepotism and maladministration for ten long years.

The people will remember the tenure of CM Usman Buzdar as the best in the political history of the province, concluded the SACM.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Special Education Department launched E-transfer posting policy in Special Education Department which is another important step towards digital governance.

Punjab Minister for Special Education Chaudhry Ikhlaq inaugurated the E-transfer policy system at the launching ceremony held at Special Education Department in Garden Town.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Minister Higher Education Department and PITB Raja Yasir Humayun, Secretary Special Education Department Muhammad Hassan Iqbal, DG SED Pervaiz Iqbal Butt additional secretary Adeela Hafiz, department directors, and other senior officials.

Talking about the vision of Chief Minister Punjab about digitalization, Chauhdary Ikhlaq said that under Chief minister’s leadership e-governance was being introduced in every sector, adding e-transfer policy will create facilities for teachers.

The requests for the transfer of the teachers shall be entertained during summer vacations as per the schedule notified by the SED each year. There will be post-specific merit-based criteria for every vacant post.

 

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