QUETTA: Balochistan Assemblys session commenced on Sunday under the leadership of Speaker Raheela Durani. Fiscal budget of Balochistan for the year 2016-17 having a volume of Rs 289 billion was presented in the assembly by Chief Minister (CM) Nawab Sanaullah Zehri in the assembly.
During his address Balochistan CM stated that education, maintenance of law and order, health and supply of drinking water have been given priority in the fiscal budget of the year 2016-17. He said that the total estimated earning of the province is over Rs 252 billion 870 million.
Nawab Sanaullah Zehri stated that Rs 71 billion 180 million have been reserved for the development programmes whereas Rs 218 billion have been reserved for non-developmenal expenditures.
Zehri said that Rs 40 billion have been reserved for education.
Law and order:
Rs 30 billion reserved for betterment of law and order situation in the province.
Rs 18 billion have been reserved for health in the fiscal budget 2016-17.
Pensions and employments:
Pensions and salaries of public workers have been increased by 10%.
Minimum wage of a labourer would be Rs 14,000.
Over 3000 new employments shall be provided in the province, Zehri said.
Rs 30 billion have been reserved for ongoing projects in the non-developmental budget.
Zehri stated that Rs 40 billion have been reserved to provide drinking water to the residents of Quetta from the Pat feeder canal out of which Rs 10 billion shall be provided during the current year.
Balochistan CM stated that Rs 2 billion have been reserved to work on the mass-transit train project which shall be completed with the help of the co-operation of the Chinese government. Rs 1 billion have been reserved for the Green bus project.
Budget for divisional headquarters:
Zehri said that Rs 3 billion shall be provided to all divisional headquarters including Gwadar for upgradation purposes.
Furthermore, Rs 5 billion have been reserved for the beautification of Quetta city.
Zehri said that Rs 182 billion 600 million have been reserved from the federally divisible pool of revenues whereas Rs 14 billion 230 million have been reserved for direct transfers.
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