PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Wednesday unveiled Rs 603 billion tax free budget and announced 10 percent increase in salaries and pension of the government employees for fiscal year 2017-18.
Finance Minister Muzafar Said advocate presented the budget at the floor of the assembly. Speaker Asad Qaisar was chairing the assembly session.
The budget proposed 74 percent increase in annual development programme for the fiscal year of 2017-18.
The PTI led coalition government had allocated Rs 127.9 billion for education sector, Rs 49 billion for health sector, and Rs 39 billion for police department.
The provincial government also allocated Rs 53 billion for Peshawar Metro Bus project which will be completed in eight months. Similarly the government had allocated Rs 4 billion and Rs 3 billion for forest and agricultural sectors respectively .
The budget proposals contain increase in ADP by Rs47b as the KP
Government is expected to receive Rs81.99b from the foreign donors.
The ADP would consist of 1631 schemes comprising 1182 ongoing and 449 new schemes. Likewise, Rs20.32b allocated for 141 schemes for higher and secondary education department, Rs12b for 101 health projects, Rs5.16b for 84 schemes of public health engineering department, Rs7.5b for 209 schemes irrigation projects, Rs4.50b for 38 schemes of local government and Rs3.99b for 38 schemes in agriculture sector.
The Seht Insaf Card scheme would continue in next fiscal year as well
and solarization of 4000 mosques in the province also included in the
More than 8000 schools, 4000 mosques, 187 basic health units will be shifted to solar system in the province, Muzzafar Said announced in his budget speech.
The Minister said the rate of daily allowance was being increased by 60percent while Ardali (Orderly Peon/messenger) allowance was being enhanced from Rs12000 to Rs14000.
The existing ratio of transfer and burial of deceased is being enhanced from Rs1600 to Rs4,800 and from Rs5000 to Rs15000 respectively.
The Minister said minimum wages is being increased from Rs14000 to Rs15000.