‘KP budget balanced, pro-poor, no new tax’

Peshawar—Provincial Minister for Finance, Muzaffar Said advocate said on Wednesday that KP Government despite limited financial resources has provided maximum relief to people and government employees in its budget for fiscal year 2016-17.
Terming the KP budget balanced and pro-poor, the Finance Minister assisted by Secretary Finance Ali Raza Bhutta said the KP Government has taken several important measures for solutions of basic problems of the province during last three years and provided maximum relief to needy people through Insaf Card Program and Seht Saholat (Health Facultative) Programmes.
He said reforms were introduced for betterment of educational organizations besides started Insaf Food Security Programme, billions tree tsunami, projects for beautification of Peshawar, establishment of child protection organization in Peshawar, special incentives for doctors, paramedics and other government employees.
The Minister said a comprehensive salary and pension package has been announced in the budget 2016-17 for government employees under which 10 percent interim allowance 2013 and 2014 would be merged into basic running pay of the provincial government employees besides 10 percent increase in their salaries.
He said total estimated receipts amount to Rs505billion whereas revenue generation has also been pitched at Rs505 billion that reflected balanced budget.—APP

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