BA passes Rs287b bud­get

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

QUETTA—The Balochis­tan Provincial As­sem­bly on Satur­day passes the bud­get for the fi­nan­cial year 2016-17 with to­tal out­lay of over Rs 287 bil­lion, in­clud­ing over Rs 215 bil­lion for non-de­vel­op­ment and over Rs 71 bil­lion for de­vel­op­ment ex­pen­di­tures.

The ses­sion was chaired by Speaker Ms Ra­heela Hameed Khan Dur­rani. Chief Min­is­ter Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri tabled 55 de­mands for grants, which were ap­proved by the House unan­i­mously as the op­po­si­tion benches did not op­pose the same.

The House ap­proved Rs 13.47 bil­lion for ex-pen­di­tures on gen­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion, eco­nomic mat­ters, sta­tis­tics and pub­lic­ity and in­for­ma­tion.

The chief min­is­ter moved a de­mand for grant for over Rs 730 mil­lion for ex­pen­di­ture on head of provincial rev­enue. A amount of over Rs 30 mil­lion was sought for stamps ex­pen­di­ture. An­other de­mand for grant was moved for over Rs 12 bil­lion on head of pen­sion.

Over Rs 1.65 bil­lion was sought for ex­pen­di­ture on head of ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice and an­other sum of over Rs 230 mil­lion was sought for ex­pen­di­ture on head of pros­e­cu­tion depart­ment. Ap­proval for over Rs 15 bil­lion was sought for ex­pen­di­ture on Balochis­tan Po­lice. An­other sum of over Rs 04 bil­lion was sought for ex­pen­di­ture on Balochis­tan Con­stab­u­lary.

The Chief Min­is­ter tabled the de­mand for grant for seek­ing ap­proval for ex­pen­di­ture of over Rs 6 bil­lion on head of Levies. Over Rs 3 bil­lion was sought for health ser­vices’ ex­pen­di­ture and over Rs 13 bil­lion for higher ed­u­ca­tion. Sim­i­larly, ap­proval was sought for ex­pen­di­ture of over Rs 28 bil­lion for sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion and over Rs 17 bil­lion for Health Depart­ment.

The House ap­proved de­mand for grant of over Rs 3 bil­lion for Relief in Nat­u­ral Calami­ties, over Rs 7 bil­lion or Agri­cul­ture Depart­ment, over Rs 3 bil­lion for Live­stock sec­tor, over Rs 12 bil­lion for ru­ral de­vel­op­ment and over Rs 14 bil­lion for en­ergy sec­tor. It also gave ap­proval for ex­pen­di­ture of over Rs 22 bil­lion for gov­ern­ment loans, over Rs 6 bil­lion for state trade and over Rs 4 bil­lion for in­vest­ment.

The House ap­proved de­mands for grant of over Rs 19 bil­lion for gen­eral ser­vices, over Rs 21 bil­lion for eco­nomic af­fairs, over Rs 15 bil­lion for en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion and over Rs 3 bil­lion for res­i­den­tial and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and health. It also ap­proved ex­pen­di­ture of over Rs 6 bil­lion for ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices and over Rs 390 mil­lion for so­cial pro­tec­tion.—APP

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