located Rs32 billion for Diamer Bhasha Dam; Rs61 billion for Neelum Jhelum project; Rs42 billion for Dassu and Rs16.5 billion for Tarbela Extension four project in the next budget. He said necessary focus is also being laid on CPEC especially its Western route.
The Minister said 100 billion rupees have been allocated for rehabilitation of TDPs. He also dispelled the impression that the budget focuses on projects for one province and pointed out that huge allocations have been made for infrastructure development and power generation in Sindh, a network of roads and development of Gwadar in Balochistan, health and infrastructure facilities in KPK and projects in different spheres of life in Azad Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan.
He told National Assembly that due to government’s prudent policies and good performance for the last three years the inflation has come down to less than three percent and the prices are stable. He said opposition’s criticism that there is price hike is against the facts.
The Minister said out of 139 recommendations of the Senate, 86 have been accepted totally, partially or in principle. out of total 139 recommendations.
He said fiscal deficit has brought down to 4.3pc from 8.2pc during the last three years and it will be decreased to 3.8pc in the next financial year.