The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet has approved the budget for the new financial year, while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has signed the budget documents. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s budget will be Rs 1,118 billion, of which Rs 371 billion has been allocated for development projects and Rs 747 billion for non-development works, while 80 percent of the funds for the next financial year have been earmarked for ongoing development projects. Rs. 199 billion has been allocated for development works in the integrated tribal districts and Rs. 648 billion for the settled districts.
Finance Minister Timur Saleem Jhagra will present the budget in the session of the Provincial Assembly. The budget has proposed to set aside Rs 350 billion for the annual development program, while the development budget for the tribal districts is likely to be more than Rs 120 billion.
A proposal is under consideration to include Rs. 89 billion in foreign aid and Rs. 40 billion in NFC award for integrated districts in ADP while the amount received under the AIP plan will also be included in ADP. In ADP, 80 percent of the amount will be spent on ongoing schemes while 20 percent will be spent on new schemes.
In the budget for the next financial year, it has been proposed to include liver transplantation and OPD services in the health card including farmer and ration card scheme.
The budget also proposes a tax of Rs30,000 on CNG and other gas stations. Similarly, Rs325 per acre will be charged against land measuring five to 12 acres. Those tailors who stitch shalwar kameez suits will have to pay Rs10,000 per year, while those who stitch trousers and shirts will have to pay Rs15,000 annually.
According to the new tax recommendations, Rs40,000 tax will be imposed annually on departmental stores, R10,000 on electronics shops, Rs2,000 on tobacco wholesalers, Rs1,500 to Rs3,000 on fitness clubs, Rs8,000 on service stations, and Rs100,000 on private medical and engineering colleges.
The provincial government announced to increase salaries of public sector employees of grade one to 16 by 10 percent and grade 17 to 19 by 5pc under an ad hoc relief allowance.
According to the Finance Bill 2020, all hotels and more than 18 professionals in the province have been exempted from every hotel tax and professional tax, but for this, they have to register their business with Capra, tax on professionals and services belonging to all medical sectors While the entertainment tax has also been abolished. In order to increase the registration of vehicles in the province, re-registration will now be free of charge, while the requirement to get NOC from other provinces has also been abolished. Citizen immovable property
Rs 374 billion has been earmarked for salaries and Rs 92 billion for pensions, and 25 percent for salaries up to grade 18, and 10 percent for employees above 18. The Annual Development Program includes several important new projects for the management and integrated districts of the province. District development plans will be drawn up for all the districts of the province including the integrated districts. Secondary hospitals in the integrated districts will be established on new and modern lines. , Rescue 1122 is being extended to all tehsils of the province.
Express lines will be provided to Category D hospitals in the merged districts, canals will be cleaned of filth, markets and business centers will be improved in the merged districts, public parks will be established in the merged districts and TMS will be activated. In these districts, 210 schools will be upgraded, including 70, 70 primary, middle, and high schools, and free textbooks will be provided to students.
Apart from setting up 89 primary and 50 secondary schools in the province during the next financial year, IT laboratories will also be set up. Apart from introducing tele-farming in the agriculture sector, a seed industry will also be set up in the province. Land mapping will also be done, olive cultivation will be promoted in the amalgamated districts along honey production will also be promoted.
Apart from setting up Citizen Facilitation Centers in the settled and integrated districts of the province, a digital city will be set up in Haripur while IT parks will be set up in Peshawar, Abbottabad, and Haripur. Special technology zones will also be set up in the province. With the construction of playgrounds at the surface, integrated tourism development programs will be set up for the integrated districts, jeep tracks will be constructed in the tourist areas.
During the next financial year, a major drinking water scheme will be set up in Khyber District on the Kabul River for Shalman, Landi Kotal, water supply, and drainage schemes will be set up in other districts of the province, and in different districts of the province during the next financial year. 30 new colleges will be set up for male and female students, while 12 new colleges will be set up in the integrated districts of the province.
Roads will be constructed along the canals in the province, check dams and water reservoirs will also be constructed in the integrated districts, a total of 2100 schools are being spent during the next financial year, 4300 teachers have been recruited. Will go and 120,000 students will be enrolled in schools.
The condition of 300 primary health centers, 60 rural health centers, and 32 district headquarters hospitals in the province will be improved and 24-hour facilities will be provided there. The capacity of 2000 beds will be increased in the hospitals by upgrading them to 3000 km. In addition to building new roads, 7 indoor gymnastics and 6 hockey turfs for women will be laid at the divisional level, 260,000 acres of land will be made cultivable and 2900 tube wells will be installed which will provide drinking water to 84 people of the province. In the budget, special funds have been allocated for eunuchs and the disabled.
During the next financial year, a 300-Kanal Peshawar bus stand will be constructed, 25 cities of the province will be beautified with entry gates, monuments, and green belts, 5,000 mosques and 8,000 schools in the province will be solar-powered. It will be transferred to energy. Converting to solar energy will save the province Rs. 33 crore annually.
Three new cricket stadiums will be constructed in Kalam, Salt, and Gypsum City will be set up in Karak which will provide employment to 200,000 people, 224 MW power generation will be ensured in the province which will provide electricity to the province. In case of net profit of Rs. 10 billion, besides providing loans of Rs. 200,000 to Rs. 1 million to 25,000 people, 8 industrial zones will be set up in the province. These industrial zones are Lower Dir, Swabi, Bajaur. , Hattar, Rashkai, Buner, Mohmand, and Bara, which will provide employment to 200,000 people.