QUETTA: Balochistan government has allocated Rs. 19.256 billion for education sector in its annual budget for fiscal year 2011-12. Speaking during the provincial assembly session with Speaker Mir Aslam Bhutani in chair here Tuesday, provincial Finance minister Mir Asim Galu said the government has increased its education sector budget in the next financial year by 11 percent compared to the current financial year wherein Rs. 17.328 billion had been allocated for this sector.
Besides, the provincial government has also divided education department into two parts, higher education and secondary education and ensured sufficient funds to both the departments.
The budget for repair and renovation of the school building has also been enhanced sufficiently besides increasing the grant for five public sector universities from Rs. 200 to Rs. 500 million in the next provincial budget.
The government also plans to establish two new boards of intermediate and secondary education at Zhob and Turbat and an amount of Rs. 50 million have been allocated in this regard in budget 2011-12.
Textbooks worth Rs. 150 million would also be distributed among the secondary schools students besides awarding 150 scholarships to the students from the province during next budget.
Referring to creation of new teachers vacancies, the provincial Finance minister said about 1385 news vacancies of different categories teachers had been created in the next budget and an amount of Rs. 25 million had been allocated which would be distributed among the private sector educational institutions through Balochistan Education Foundation as financial assistance on the part of provincial government.
Besides, construction of buildings of 650 community schools would also be ensured through Balochistan Education Foundation and 100 new primary schools would also be established during the next year.
About upgradation of schools, he said 50 primary schools would be upgraded as middle schools and an educational enclave would be established in Mastung district.
Four newly established polytechnic colleges in Gwadar, Turbat, Muslimbagh and Khanozai areas would also be made fully functional during the next financial year.
He said an amount of Rs. 8.869 billion has been earmarked for provincial health sector of which Rs. 1.426 billion would be spent on completion of ongoing health schemes during the next financial year.
He said all the basic health units across the province have been activated under PPHI project besides increasing the stipend for house officers and postgraduate medical students.
He said Rs. one billion each have been allocated for free medicines distribution among the needy patients and repair of existing medical equipments in the hospitals respectively.
Similarly, Rs. 69 million have been allocated in the next provincial budget to reactivate 153 health units across the province.