Rs152bn Balochistan Budget 2010-11 approved

QUETTA : The members of the Balochistan Assembly on Monday unanimously passed annual Balochistan Budget for Fiscal Year 2010-11.

Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani presided over the assembly sitting. Finance Minister Mir Asim Kurd Gailo moved total 52 demands for grants of annual Balochistan Budget 2010-11. The 43 demands were related to non-development expenditures of over Rs 91 billion and nine to development expenditures of over Rs 26 billion. No cut motion was tabled by the Opposition. Earlier, delivering speech to wind-up debate on the new budget, the Finance Minister said that the Budget 2010-11 has largest size of a budget in the history of Balochistan.

He recalled that Rs 23.5 billion over draft was against the Balochistan government when Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani led government assumed the charge. He maintained that Rs 05 billion received by OGDC had to be paid against overdraft and the federal government took responsibility of remaining overdraft against Balochistan. He mentioned that it was acceptance of stance of Balochistan government on the finalization of 7th National Finance Commission Award which made the provincial government able to present a largest size budget in the history of province. He recalled that in 1972, volume of the Balochistan Budget was Rs 158 million with deficit of Rs 80 million. He noted that in past, no desired results could be achieved in social sector as the province had lack of funds.

He said that now due share of Balochistan in the NFC Award and provision of Gas Development Surcharge to Balochistan had created a lot of opportunities for the province to get goals of progress and prosperity. He thanked the President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and former Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen for playing vital role in achievement of due share of Balochistan in natural resources. Referring to suggestion of MPA Ms Rubina Irfan, he said that Rs 01 billion had been allocated in the new budget for procurement of medicines at government hospitals. He maintained that now no one would complain of shortage of medicines at hospitals and health centers. He highlighted that Rs 12 billion was earmarked for establishing Board of Investment which would generate income for the province.

He hoped that now law and order situation in Balochistan would get improvement as salaries of Police, Balochistan Constabulary and Levies Force has increased by 100 percent. He noted that 50 percent enhancement in salaries of other employees would help in controlling corruption in the departments. He said the Balochistan government has regularized 6000 employees. He thanked Chief Minister Nawab Raisani, Ismail Gujjar, Maulana Sarwar, Ms Nasreen Khaitran, Shahnawaz Marri, Maulana Abdul Bari, Asghar Rind, Jan Ali Changezi, Ms Fauzia Marri, Ms Ghazala Gola, Rahila Durrani, Ms Rubina Irfan and all others who felicitated him on presenting a people-friendly budget. Speaker Bhootani also congratulated him on unanimous approval of the budget. Later, the Speaker adjourned the session till June 29 at 11am. Chief Minister Raisani is expected to deliver his speech in the 29th June session of the house to highlight budget and other issues.

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