QUETTA: The coalition government of Balochistan Thursday evening pulled the curtain on Rs 215.713 billion deficit budget for financial year 2014-15, Samaa reported.
Speaker Balochistan Assembly, Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali chaired the budget session.
Advisor to Chief Minister of Finance, Mir Khalid Langove presented the budget with a deficit of Rs15.662 billion.
Rs50.742 billion has been allocated for Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) and Rs164.97 billion for non-development expenditures.
INCOME FROM OWN RESOURCES
–Balochistan would collect income of Rs8.970 billion from its own resources.
–The province will receive Rs141.213 billion from divisible pool and Rs 16.858 billion from direct transfers, Rs 10 billion from other receipts and Rs 23.279 billion from capital receipts.
–Total income is estimated at Rs200.051 billion and deficit Rs 15.662 billion.
–About 3925 new jobs have been created in different government departments including education, health and others.
LAW AND ORDER
–Rs17251.118 million allocated for maintenance of law and order and for departments pertaining to law and order.
— Rs17251.118 million will be spent to empower police, Balochistan Constabulary, Levies Force and other departments.
–Rs5 billion set aside for establishing Balochistan Education Endowment Company.
–Rs324.884 million for provision of facilities to schools and colleges.
–Rs400 million allotted for purchasing furniture and scientific equipment for schools.
–Rs750 million for repair and renovation of schools and Rs500 million for Chief Minister Endowment Fund.
–Rs750 million for up-gradation of 200 primary schools to middle schools.
–Rs425 million for up-grading 50 middle schools to high schools.
— Education budget for next fiscal year is 16 percent higher than the outgoing one’s.
— Rs14.148 billion for non-development expenditures of health sector.
–Rs1.214 billion for provision of free of cost medicines to patients at state-run hospitals.
— Rs1 billion earmarked for execution of solar home system project to provide electricity to 300 villages.
— Rs9.726 billion for communication sector for 391roads schemes, 152 new ones, and 239 ongoing projects.
— Budget for 2014-15 includes Rs2.723 billion in foreign aid.
— Rs400 million assigned for installation of solar energy system to supply electricity to water supply schemes.
— Rs200 million designated for repairing and renovation of schools damaged in earthquake in Awaran district.
–Rs50 million will be spent on repairing and renovation of Quaid-e-Azam Residency that was damaged and burnt down in bomb attack.
— Rs1814.013 million portioned for sports.
MINES & MINERALS
—Rs1 billion earmarked to resolve Riko Dik issue.
PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE
During the budget speech, Mir Langov said that Public Accounts Committee of the Balochistan Assembly would be set up with immediate effect.
–Medical treatment overseas and extravagant feasts at the expense of government have been prohibited.
–A ban was also imposed on the purchase of luxury vehicles for government departments.
It was second annual budget presented by Dr Abdul Malik Baloch led coalition government of Pakistan Muslim League-N, Pashtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party, National Party and PML-Q.
Provincial Minister and Parliamentary leader of PML-N, Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, and Provincial Minister and Parliamentary leader of PkMAP Abdul Raheem Ziaratwal, Parliamentary Leader of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl Maulana Abdul Wasey, Parliamentary Leader of PML-Q Sheikh Jaffar Mandokhel, and other lawmakers were present in the house.