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Balochistan presents Rs584.083 billion budget for FY2021-22

Balochistan presents Rs584.083 billion budget for FY2021-22
June 18, 2021

QUETTA (92 News) - Balochistan budget for the next fiscal year with a total outlay of 584.083 billion rupees was presented in provincial Assembly in Quetta on Friday.   

Presenting the budget in the House, Finance Minister Zahoor Ahmed Buledi maintained that a difference of Rs84.7 billion in revenue and expenditure, no new tax was imposed in the budget.

Expenditure

The minister said that Rs237 billion have been allocated for developmental and more than 346 billion rupees for non-developmental expenditures.

Health

Zahoor Ahmed Buledi said more than Rs55 billion have been allocated for betterment of health sector while over 61 billion rupees for school section of education sector.

He also mentioned that Rs5.914 billion allocated for health card scheme and Balochistan will get Rs302 billion from the distribution of shares of divisible pool.

Education

About Rs21 billion have been allocated for uplift of higher education in the province.

Agriculture

The finance minister said more than 20 billion rupees have been allocated for agriculture sector.

Earlier, ahead of the budget 2021-22 session of the province, Balochistan Assembly's premises turned into battlefield due to the severe clash between police and opposition members on Friday.

The situation worsened outside the assembly, when the clash of opposition members broke out with police before the budget session. The opposition members surrounded the assembly. The security forces managed to stop the angry mob after the workers of the opposition parties tried enter the assembly.

Heavy contingent of police was then called in to counter the tense situation. The law-enforcement agencies baton charged the mob to control the situation.

MPA Nasrullah Zira, Babu Amin Mengal and Maulvi Abdul Wahid Siddiqui were injured during the baton charge.

Police pushed the enraged members and workers and locked them. The gate of Balochistan Assembly was broken due to the collision of an armored police vehicle.

Angry members smashed the windows of the main entrance of the assembly, while several pots were also smashed.

As soon as Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal arrived, the commotion intensified. Angry members attacked Jam Kamal, threw bottles and threw shoes at the chief minister. Jam Kamal was taken to the House under security siege.

Opposition parties were protesting against the neglect of constituencies in the budget. They had staged a sit-in at the gate of the Balochistan Assembly to stop government members during the budget.