Balochistan presents Rs419.92 billion budget for FY2019-20

08:32 PM | 19 Jun, 2019
Balochistan presents Rs419.92 billion budget for FY2019-20
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QUETTA – The provincial government on Wednesday presented over 419 billion rupees budget for the next financial year during Balochistan Assembly session.

Speaker Abdul Qaddus Bizenjo presided over the session in Quetta. Balochistan Finance Minister Zahoor Ahmed Buledi presented the budget.

Speaking on the occasion, Buledi said Rs126 billion have been allocated for development and over Rs257 billion for non-development expenditures while the deficit of the budget is about Rs49 billion.

He said that over Rs60 billion have been set aside for education sector whereas Rs44.6 billion have been allocated to improve the law and order situation.

Education expenditure has been increased by 10 per cent, health expenditure by 26pc, social protection by a whopping 468pc and law and order by 11.7pc, according to a booklet distributed in the provincial assembly.

Social welfare expenditures in the FY2019-20 budget include: Education: Rs58.143b; Health: Rs26.04b; Social protection: Rs5.6b; Law and order: Rs38.59b; Salaries: Rs151.3b; and Pensions: Rs33.783b.

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Former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani termed the budget as "anti-people", while Balochistan National Party-Mengal's Sanaullah Baloch said that the government had "failed to address key concerns of the masses".