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Balochistan budget unveiled showing Rs.15.662bn deficit

QUETTA: Balochistan budget for fiscal year 2014-15 amounting Rs. 215.71 billion was presented in Quetta on Thursday, ARY News reported.

Advisor to Chief Minister Mir Khalid Langove presenting the budget in the provincial assembly announced 10 per cent ad hoc relief in increase in salaries and pensions of government employees adding that around 4000 vacancies will be generated in the upcoming fiscal year.

The Advisor said Rs.50.742 billion of funds have been allocated for public sector development programme while over Rs.164 billion have been earmarked for non-development expenditures.

Rs. 8.97 billion will be met from provincial income resources and Rs.141.21 billion will be given by federal government while the total income during the fiscal year have been estimated over Rs.200 billion.

Balochistan budget for the next fiscal year has witnessed the deficit of Rs.15.662 billion.

Mir Khalid Langove said that Rs. 17.251 million have been allocated for maintenance of law and order in the province which is 27 per cent more as compare to the current fiscal year. He said the Health budget of the province has been increased by 26 per cent as Rs. 14.14 billion has been allocated for the next fiscal year.

Furthermore Rs.14 billion have been allocated for health sector, Rs. 6.351 million for agriculture, Rs.1850 million for beautification and construction of Quetta city, Rs.2.569 billion for livestock, while Rs.549 million for development of fisheries sector.

The Chief Minister Advisor said 152 new and 239 ongoing schemes will be undertaken at a cost of Rs. 9 billion. He said Rs.1 billion have been earmarked for mines and mineral and over Rs.3,402 million for irrigation sector.

Following Khyber PakhtunKhwa province, Balochistan put the ban on organizing seminar, workshops, conference and treatment from abroad on the expense of government. Buying of luxurious cars has also banned.

It has also proposed to establish two new universities and 14 colleges in the province.





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