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Increase in spending on social sector priority of govt: president

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has said that increase in the spending on social sector was priority of the government. He was talking to Regional Director World Health Organization Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al-Mandhari and Regional Director UNICEF SEARO Ms Jean Gough, who called on him in Islamabad on Monday. The president said that budget allocation for health had been increased to 2% from the current 0.9% of the GDP towards the attainment of universal health care and sustainable development health related goals. He…

‘DFID is Punjab government’s partner for social sector development’

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab, Sardar Usman Buzdar on Thursday said that Department for International Development (DFID)  is a best partner of Punjab government for the development of social sector and added that this partnership will be further extended. This he stated while meeting with Head of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in Pakistan Ms. Joanna Reid, who called on him at his office here today. Both discussed the DFID funded social sector development program in Punjab and it was agreed by the…

Punjab unveils over Rs2trillion budget for remaining eight months of FY 18-19

LAHORE: Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht on Tuesday presented an over Rs2.026trillion budget for remaining eight months of fiscal year 2018-19, ARY News reported.  The provincial finance minister, during his budget speech, lamented that the previous government's corruption and shortsightedness resulted in a financial crisis which forced the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government to present a "corrective budget". He lamented that the PML-N government allocated only Rs144billion for education…

CM Sindh establishes foundation for social uplift of Thar

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in order to develop coal-rich Tharparkar district on Wednesday approved creation of Thar Foundation to develop social sectors such as education, health, water supply and other amenities.  The chief minister while presiding over a meeting to review Thar coal projects said that mining and power projects have dramatically transformed the landscape of Thar from one of the most impoverished areas of Pakistan, and have now become a landmark of economic development and…

PM assures fast track social sector development of Fata

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday said the government was prioritizing legal reforms along with the constructive change in affairs of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in consultation with all stakeholders to bring the area at par with other federating units. Talking to a delegation of senators from FATA in Islamabad, the prime minister said change in Fata is must to end the status quo. He said equal treatment of Fata residents in all social sectors shall be ensured. Additional…

Centre releases Rs430 bn for different social sector development projects

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has so far released over Rs430 billion for different social sector development projects against a total allocation of Rs800 billion. The data released by ministry of planning shows over Rs111 billion have been released to National Highway Authority for infrastructure and development projects against its total allocation of 188 billion. Similarly, over Rs100 billion have been released for Water and Power sector projects. The government has also released over Rs52 billion for the…