Balochistan govt unveils over Rs325 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-18

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QUETTA: Balochistan government unveiled the budget for next fiscal year 2017-18 with a total outlay of over Rs325 billion on Thursday.

Presenting the budget in the provincial assembly, Adviser to Chief Minister on Financial Affairs Sardar Aslam Bezanjo said over 86 billion rupees have been allocated for developmental expenditures.

Aslam Bezanjo said over 50 billion rupees have been allocated for the education sector. Over 21 billion rupees have been earmarked for promotion of health sector.

He said improvement of law and order has been given great importance and over 31 billion rupees have been allocated for the purpose.

He said eight billion rupees will be spent on agriculture sector. Energy sector has also been given a considerable significance in the budget and over two billion rupees have been kept in the budget for conversion of water supply schemes into solar energy system.

The Adviser said nearly 8000 new vacancies will be created for the jobless educated youth in the province. He said a special Balochistan Education Enabler Programme will be launched and 200 million rupees have been allocated for the purpose.

Aslam Bezanjo said seven billion rupees have been allocated in the budget for over three hundred schemes in communication sector.

The Adviser on Financial Affairs also announced 10% increase in the salaries and pension of the employees of all provincial departments on the pattern of Federal Government.

Source : Agencies

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