Record Sindh allocation of Rs225b for ADP

Karachi—In Sindh budget for the fiscal 2016-17, there is a record allocation of Rs 225 billion for the Annual Development Programme (ADP). This was stated by the Sindh Minister for Finance, Syed Murad Ali Shah.
He was addressing a post-budget press conference at the Sindh Assembly Auditorium here on Sunday evening. The Minister said that there is an allocation of Rs. 70 billion for improvement in infrastructure.
He stated that before the conclusion of the NFC award on June 30, 2016, Sindh will get a sum of Rs. 112 billion from the federal government. Murad Ali Shah said that there is a target of receipt of Rs. 52.76 billion under the head of Excise and Taxation.
He pointed out that the budget a sum of Rs. 160 billion has been set aside for the education sector. This allocation is 11 percent more than the allocation for this sector in the outgoing fiscal year. The Minister also spoke of the measures being taken by the provincial government for the betterment of education in the province.
He informed that Sindh is the first province in the country where fund has been allocated for the purchase of cancer treatment machine in the province. Murad Ali Shah said that the mining of the coal in Thar has commenced and the process of commencement of the electricity generation would start in the year 2018.He further informed that the plant at Nuriabad would also produce power 100 megawatt from gas soon. —APP

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