QUETTA: Balochistan’s provincial budget of Rs 465.528 billion has been presented for the next financial year 2020-21. Provincial Minister for Commerce Zahoor Ahmed Baledi has present the Baluchistan budget 2020-21 and tax relief of Rs 360 billion has been provided in the budget for the next financial year. The government will announce an increase in employees’ salaries and pensions in the federal budget for the fiscal year 2021-22.
The budget has allocated Rs 8 billion for coronaviruses and disasters while Rs 38 billion has been allocated for public health engineering. Rs 50 crore has been set aside in the budget for the eradication of locusts. The budget has set aside Rs 309 billion for non-development expenditure and Rs 156 billion for development expenditure.
The budget also includes foreign aid projects worth Rs 12.177 billion for public development projects. A development program budget of Rs. 5 billion has been earmarked for the revenue-generating districts.
In the next financial year, 17% of the budget has been allocated for education, 10 % for health, 4 % for local bodies, 4 % for irrigation and more than 9 % of the total provincial budget for communication and construction.
The budget has allocated Rs 118256 crore for development expenditure while over Rs 309 billion has been allocated for non-development expenditure. The total revenue from federal, provincial and other sources in the budget is estimated at more than Rs. 377 billion. In addition, 6840 vacancies have been announced while no increase has been mentioned in the salaries of government employees.
The budget allocated Rs 23.981 billion for development, Rs 7.050 billion for development, Rs 44 billion for non-development, Rs 4.121 billion for development, and Rs 11.071 billion for non-development.
For higher education, Rs. 11.783 billion has been earmarked for the non-developmental sector, Rs. 9.107 billion for the overall development of the education sector and Rs. 51.873 billion for the non-developmental sector. 0.382 billion for food and Rs. 743.578 billion for non-development, Rs. 4.184 billion for development and Rs. 12.995 billion for non-development, Rs. 33.873 billion for development and communication and Rs. 11.397 billion, Rs. 15.006 billion in total development for irrigation and irrigation and Rs. 4.553 billion in non-development, Rs. 0.534 billion in development for minerals and mineral resources and Rs. 3.624 billion in non-development for fisheries. Rs 0.827 billion has been earmarked for development and Rs 1.232 billion for non-development.
Rs 2.518 billion in development for the energy sector and Rs 6.851 billion in non-development, Rs 0.200 billion in development for the environment and climate change, and Rs 0.450 billion in non-development, Rs 0.949 billion in development for animals, and 4.592 billion has been earmarked for non-development, Rs. 0.061 billion for the development of labor and manpower and Rs. 2.258 billion for non-development.
Rs 0.524 billion in development for industry and handicrafts and Rs 1.946 billion in non-development, Rs 1.444 billion in development for social welfare and protection, and Rs 11.711 billion in non-development, Rs 5.340 billion in development for sports and youth. And 1.041 billion has been allocated for non-development.
For culture, tourism, and archeology, Rs. 0.941 billion has been allocated for development and Rs. 0.465 billion for non-development, Rs. 0.869 billion for the development of science and information technology and Rs. 0.398 billion for non-development.
The total number of ongoing development schemes in the province is 934 of which 60.875 billion while the total number of new development schemes is 1634 for which Rs 57.381 billion has been allocated.