The Largest Province Balochistan offered a Budget of Rs255bn
QUETTA: Balochistan budget of Rs255 billion for the financial year 2015-16 is expected to be presented this afternoon.
Adviser to Chief Minister on Finance Mir Khalid Lango will present the budget at the Provincial Assembly in Quetta at 04:30.
Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai had summoned the budget session.
“The budget’s total outlay would be Rs225 billion; Rs10 billion more than the amount allocated in the last fiscal year,” the senior government official said. “Priority would be accorded to health and education whereas a huge amount will be allocated for maintaining law and order situation in the province.”
Responding to a question, Langov said a number of members of Balochistan Assembly were unhappy with the budget since the bureaucracy had tried to minimise budget for schemes in their constituencies.
“MPAs are unhappy,” he said. “They are trying their best to put pressure to get maximum allocation, but have so far failed.”
According to sources, about Rs50 billion have been allocated for development, while the non-development budget is around Rs75 billion. Further, the government has allocated Rs2 billion for the government to buy a helicopter. A proposal has also been made for the expanding the taxes in the province.
Balochistan is also expected to follow the federal government in raising salaries by 7.5%. Meanwhile, a source said, a huge amount had been allocated for the livestock and agriculture.
The provincial chief minister had already announced that his government would allocate a significant amount for a date processing plant, fisheries and for the cultural sector.
An allocation would also be made for energy sector as the province is facing a serious power crisis.
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