Jun 17

Sindh Govt presents Rs 617 billion budget

KARACHI: The Sindh government has presented its budget in the provincial assembly for the fiscal year 2013-14 having a total outlay of Rs 617 billion.

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah presented the budget in the Sindh Assembly.Sindh Govt Budget

Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani was presiding over the budget session. In his opening remarks, the chief minister said that people of the province preferred policies of the Pakistan People’s Party led government in Sindh.

“We have emphasized more on utilization of resources, Pakistan will progress if Sindh will prosper,” he said.

He announced 10 to 15 percent increase in the salaries of Sindh government employees of grade 1-15 and a ten percent increaace for employees of grade 16 and above. Pensions were also increased by ten pecent and the minimum pension was raised from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000.

Rs 89 million have been earmarked to improve the performance of the police and Rs 48 billion for improving law and order situation. The chief minister announced 20,000 recruitment in Sindh police. He also vowed to create 150,000 jobs in the province.

300,000 youth will get vocational training with the help of World Bank, he added.

He said that the government has allocated Rs 2 billion for Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) 32 billion for development projects and 11 billion for power distribution companies.