Rs71b ADP; Rs40b for Quetta water supply scheme; Rs17.3b for health sector; 14,000 students to get scholarships
Quetta—The Rs 289.356 billion Balochistan Budget 2016-17 with a deficit of Rs 36.485 billion was unveiled in the Balochistan Assembly on Sunday.
The new fiscal budget includes Rs 218.174 billion of non-development expenditures and Rs 71.182 billion of Annual Development Program.
The 10 percent increase in salaries of government employees was made and 3,222 new jobs in government departments for unemployed youth were created in the new budget.
The income of the province during new fiscal year 2016-17 was estimated to be over Rs 252.871 billion which include federal receipts from the center under National Finance Commission Award, Divisible Pool and on other different heads. It will also receive Rs 10 billion from Islamabad on head of Gas Development Surcharge.
Receipts from the divisible pool will be Rs 182.605 billion, direct transfers over Rs 14.238 billion, others Rs 10 billion and capital revenue receipts Rs 36.908 billion. The province will collect Rs09.120 billion from its own resources. The foreign aid estimated was at Rs 6.181 billion.
The Public Sector Development Program would include schemes for education, health, law and order, irrigation and agriculture, communication, infrastructure, water and energy sectors.
Chief Minister, Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri presented the annual budget of Balochistan for fiscal year 2016-17.
A sum of Rs 30.25 billion was allocated for law and order which include provision of modern weapons and vehicles to police, Levies Force and Balochistan Constabulary while the provincial government would also provide financial assistance to Frontier Corps under these allocations.
A sum of Rs 10 billion was earmarked for water supply schemes for provincial capital Quetta and another sum of Rs 05 billion was allocated for beautification and improvement of infrastructure in Quetta.
Funds were proposed for construction of new buildings of schools, provision of basic necessary facilities to them including drinking water, walls and provision of furniture. Medical colleges would be established in Khuzdar, Loralai and Turbat. 70 middle schools were to be upgraded to high school status.
New health centers will be established. Rs17.3 billion have been allocated for health sector.
A sum of Rs 02 billion was proposed for Quetta Mass Transit Train, Rs 01 billion for Quetta Green Bus Service project.
Under Quetta Water Supply Project, Quetta city will get water supply from Pat Feeder Canal which will cost Rs 40 billion. A sum of Rs 10 billion was allocated in Balochistan Budget 2016-17 for this scheme.
A sum of over Rs 03 billion was allocated for Livestock sector. Agriculture sector will receive Rs 7.40 billion.
The Balochistan budget proposes to grant scholarships to 14,000 outstanding and position holder students of schools, colleges and universities of the province will get scholarships to get education in national and foreign educational institutions.
A sum of Rs 28.93 billion was allocated for Education sector.