Khyber Pakhtunkhwa presents Rs1.332tr outlay budget
16% raise in salaries, 15% hike in pensions announced: Shuhuda package increased: Rs319.2bn development budget proposed: Rs34bn earmarked for higher education: 15% raise in police, rescue and forest department officials’ allowances announced: Rs26bn subsidy set aside for provision of Insaf Food Card: Sehat Card will allow liver transplant from next year: Shuhada package announced for firefighters who died while dousing wildfire: Services of 63,000 employees regularized : New medical colleges will be set up in Dir, Buner, Charsadda and Haripur
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During his speech, the finance minister announced a 16% increase in the salaries of government employees and 15% raise in pensions. He also announced to increase Shuhada Package.
Mr Jhagra said that tax revenue from federal government would amount to Rs537 billion. While Rs319.2 billion have been proposed for the development budget.
He said that Rs4.9 billion have been set aside for the improvement of climate change. Higher education will get Rs34 billion.
The finance minister boasted that the tax recoveries by the KP government were phenomenal during the outgoing fiscal, adding that foreign investors are making Rs86 billion investments in the province.
He said that Rs14 billion have been earmarked under the head of law and justice; Rs1.8 billion set aside for information technology; Rs1 billion for labour; Rs3.6 billion for population welfare; Rs23 billion for relief department; Rs820.3 million for housing; Rs22 billion for sport; and Rs2 billion have been allocated for climate change.
The KP finance minister said the provincial government has made a 15% increase in the allowances of police, rescue, and forest department officials.
The cabinet also approved a Shuhada Package for the Rescue officials who lost their lives while putting out wildfire in the KP forests. Besides them, the forest department officials who also died during firefighting efforts in forests would get Rs1 million each.
The provincial cabinet approved a 15% raise in the salaries of provincial government employees working in BPS 1 to 19 and also okayed a 15% hike in pensions.
Police department is also included in this category.
For the first time in province’s history, the cabinet regularized 63,000 employees.
The cabinet approved Rs26 billion subsidy for the provision of Insaf Food Card so that one million deserving families could buy food items at discounted rates.
From Jan 2022, the medical treatment of five diseases including transplantation of liver will be included in Health Card Plus.
According to budget documents, Rs93 billion, which the province to be received in foreign aid, will also be utilized in the development projects.
It has been suggested in the budget to set aside Rs37.80 billion for health in the ADP.
For primary and secondary education, the government has proposed to allocate Rs16.99 billion. For agriculture, an allocation to the tune of Rs10.66 billion has been suggested.
Sports, Tourism and Archeology will get Rs14.64 billion.
The budget proposes to set aside Rs7.27 billion for energy and power.
According to the budget documents, the KP government would launch Insaf Food Card and Education Card. One million families will be provided with Insaf Food Card.
As many as 5 million people will be given financial aid amounting to Rs2100 in the province.
The budget documents reveal that through Insaf Food Card, Rs26 billion subsidy would be awarded and these cards will be given to the poor people among whom 65% would be the widows.
He also announced establishment of new medical colleges in Dir, Buner, Charsadda and Haripur.
Reporter Syed Azmat