Tuesday, 19 June 2012 21:12
QUETTA: The lawmakers of the Balochistan Assembly in Tuesday session unanimously approved the Provincial Budget for next Fiscal Year 2012-13.
The assembly sitting held with Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani in the chair. Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani was also present in the house. Finance Minister Mir Asim Kurd moved total 51 demands for grants of next Financial Budget 2012-13 including 42 pertaining to non-development expenditures and nine to annual development program.
The total amount of 42 demands for grants pertaining to non-development expenditures was Rs 114.42 billion and amount of nine other relating to development schemes was Rs 35 billion.
The house unanimously granted approval to these demands for grants of the next provincial budget for fiscal year 2012-13.
It is pertinent to mention here that a huge sum of Rs 22.45 billion was allocated in next financial budget for non-development expenditures of Education Sector.
This money would be spent for renovation and construction of buildings of Education Department. The Rs 13.17 billion were earmarked for General Administration including Organs of State, Fiscal Administration, Economic Regulation, Statistics and Publicity and Information.
Another amount of Rs 7.50 billion was allocated for release of Pension and Rs 5.94 billion were earmarked for Balochistan Police.
The Levies Force was given Rs 3.66 billion and Civil Works and Establishment Charges, Rs 5.91 billion. The Rs 2.18 billion were allocated in respect of Public Health Services and Rs 3.4 billion for dealing with disasters caused by natural calamities.
The Balochistan government earmarked Rs 5.21 billion for agriculture sector in the next fiscal budget and Rs 6.71 billion for Rural Development. The energy development sector was given Rs 4.7 billion.
The demands for grants of development expenditure include Rs 5.36 billion of General Public Services, Rs 20.8 billion of Economic Affairs, Rs 2.7 billion of Environment Protection, Rs 2.95 billion of Housing and Community Amenities and Rs 2.35 billion of Educational Affairs and Services.
The house also gave exception to Nawab Ghaus Bakhsh Raisani Memorial Hospital Bill 2012 from the Balochistan Assembly Rules and Regulations 1974. The legislators expressed their satisfaction and happiness over approval of next fiscal budget for 2012-13. Later, the house was adjourned till June 20.
Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2012