PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government announced its ‘balanced’ budget of Rs.505 billion for fiscal year 2016-17 Tuesday evening.
Finance Minister Muzaffar Said Advocate presented the budget in the Provincial Assembly amid protest by opposition members.
About revenue targets, he said the province will receive 293 billion rupees from the federal divisible pool which is 17 percent more than the amount received in the outgoing fiscal year.
The province will also get 35 billion rupees from the federal government for war on terror, about 19 billion rupees as net-profit of hydel power generation and 17 billion rupees as royalty of oil and gas.
200 smart schools
According to the budget document, the KPK government has allocated Rs 12.45 billion for 72 projects.
Muzaffar Syed said Rs.10 billion for 64 ongoing and Rs2.42 billion for eight new projects have been earmarked in the budget.
The Finance Minister said 160 new primary schools and 100 new secondary schools would be constructed for male and female students in the province whereas 100 religious seminaries would be converted into primary schools.
The Minister said 200 smart schools would be set-up in the province. He said six cluster hostels for women would be constructed besides bringing improvement in 200 higher secondary schools and two each cadet colleges in Mardan and Swat would be setup.
As many as 500 new IT labs would setup in government high and higher secondary schools in the province besides construction of examination halls in 100 high and higher secondary schools in the province.
The names and photos of the martyrs of Army Public School, Peshawar would be displayed in the premises of Archives Library besides repair and restoration of schools in earthquake and flood hit areas of the province besides repair and reconstruction of 50 already existing schools on need basis.
In addition to construction of 1300 community schools for basic education of female students and a monthly stipends of Rs200 for female students of class VI to class X of 4,46,000 elementary schools.
Rs10.54 bn for 93 health projects
The government has earmarked Rs.10.54 billion in Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2016-17 with main focus on establishment of construction and up gradation of hospitals and purchase of equipments and free treatment facilities to patients.
Free treatment facilities would be provided to poor patients of TB, Cancer and Hepatitis in the province.
He said a new five years program “KP Immunization Programme’ with financial assistance of ‘GAVI’ fund would be started besides a new comprehensive program for controlling Thalassemia, HIV and Hepatitis diseases under which testing and screening facilities would be provided at divisional level.
“Seht Saholat Programme” (Health Facilitative Programme) has been extended to all province that would facilitate 1.738 poor families to get free treatment of fatal diseases under health insurance scheme.
The DHQ hospital in Swabi would be reconstructed besides up gradation of civil hospital Shakara Dara Kohat and rural health centre Ogi Manshera to category D hospitals.
Land would be acquired for construction of Guju Khan Medical College Swabi and medical college at Timergara Dir Lower would be constructed besides setting up of Khyber Institute of Neurosciences Research Centre in Mardan and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical College Peshawr.
Rs.10.80 bln for 330 communication sectors projects
The KP government has allocated Rs10.80 billion for 330 projects with main focus on repair and construction of roads, bridges and expressways.
In his budget speech, finance minister Muzaffar Said Advocate said focus on roads and bridges’ repair besides construction of 650 kilometer roads and completion of 17RCC bridges.
Rs 460 mln allocated for Social Welfare
The government has allocated Rs 460 million for 27 projects pertaining to uplift of social welfare, special education and women development.
Status of special education institutes would be up-gradated to elementary schools at divisional level in the provinces besides taking initiatives for welfare of transvestite and baggers.
The capacity of special education centres would be enhanced besides establishment of centre for facilitation of transvestites.
A social welfare complex at Nowshera and a complex for special education at Dir Lower would also be constructed besides polishing embroidery skills of 3125 women.
The Minister said a state of the art ‘Zamon Kor’ (Our House) model institute for street children would be constructed besides starting of a survey to find out estimates of numbers of special children so that effective planning would be made for their welfare and education.
Rs 4.78 bn for Higher Education, Criminology & Forensic Science Institute
The KP government has allocated Rs4.78 billion for 60 projects in higher education in ADP 2016-17 in budget with main focus on construction of colleges and setting up of Criminology and Forensic Science Institute at University of Peshawar (UoP) besides establishment of 10 new government colleges on need basis in the province.
Presenting budget for fiscal year 2016-17 at the floor of the assembly, the Finance Minister Muzaffar Said said that Rs4.784 billion have been allocated for 60 projects in higher education including Rs3.6385billion for 45 ongoing projects and Rs1.1454billion for 15 news projects in the province.
In addition to enhance capacity of Jahanzaib College Swat, colleges in earthquake affected areas would be repaired and rehabilitated besides provision of facilities at the government libraries, financial assistance to Pashto academy and sub campus of Bannu university at Lakki Marwat.
Academic blocks at Ghulam Ishaq Institute of Engineering and Technology Swabi would be constructed besides up gradation of Abdul Wali Khan University and setting up of sub campus of Engineering University at Dir Upper in addition to up gradation of sub campus of Chitral University to full fledge university. – Samaa/APP