Murad Ali Shah, the Sindh Chief Minister has presented the Sindh Budget 2018-19. The total outlay is of Rs 1.14 trillion. Pakistan Peoples Party has presented the annual budget for Sindh province for the 6th consecutive year.
The budget has been offically proposed. Here is how it has been allocated.
- Total Expected Income: 1.123 trillion
- Estimated Deficit: 20.45 billion
- 10% raise in the salaries and pension of government employees
- Creation of 46,000 new jobs
- Rs 282 billion for Development Schemes
- Rs 30 billion for district packages
- Rs105 billion for security
- Rs 72 billion for local government affairs
- Rs50 billion for new schemes
- Rs 205.739 billion for nondevelopment budget in education & Rs.24.4 billion for development budget in education
- Rs.426.00 million for women empowerment
- Rs.750 million for minorities
- Rs1.3 billion for Karachi repair work on roads in Landhi and Korangi
- Rs 1.3 billion for Tipu Sultan Intersection Flyover
- Rs 4 billion for K-IV water project to overcome water shortage in the city
As per a source, “ The health department was allocated Rs12 billion in 2017-18, but now the government has increased it by Rs1 billion and allocated Rs13 billion for the health sector.”
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said he is immensely proud that Pakistan Peoples Party is presenting Sindh Budget for the sixth consecutive time. He said, “We have tried our best to resolve the problems of people in Sindh.”
Also, “The government will not announce new schemes in this budget, but Rs50 billion has been kept as block allocation under which the new government could initiate schemes after the general election.”
Shah also said that the government will not present a finance bill. Adding, “In the current financial year we will complete 714 schemes.”
In 2017-18 Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah announced the budget with the total outlay of Rs1.04 trillion.
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However, the opposition leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan said, “In the last five years, the government has looted and plundered Sindh. Hardly 50% of the development budget of the current fiscal year has been utilized. We will protest if the government fails to provide relief to the people.”