PESHAWAR - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will present more than Rs400 billion balanced annual budget today (Saturday) for the fiscal year 2014-15, allocating Rs139 billion for the Annual Development Programme (ADP), sources said on Friday.
It would be the PTI’s government second budget, which will be unveiled by Finance Minister Sirajul Haq, who is also the central ameer of Jamaat Islami, a coalition partner in the provincial government.
“The PTI government had presented its first provincial Rs344 billion tax-free budget for 2013-14. However, this year, the total outlay for the fiscal year 2014-15 is more than Rs400 billion,” they said. “For the new financial year, the provincial government has allocated Rs139 billion for the Annual Development Programme (ADP), making some 18 per cent increase as compared to the previous year. A total of 1251 projects have been included in the new ADP, of which, 711 ongoing and 450 new schemes,” officials said.
This year, the PTI government has proposed introducing a few new taxes, including agricultural tax and GST on services in the province besides earmarking Rs261 billion for ongoing developmental schemes.
Raise in salaries from 10 to 15 per cent in provincial government employees is also expected. The budget recommendations will be presented to the provincial cabinet for approval today (Saturday) before its formal presentation on the floor of the house.
Likewise, for the fiscal year 2014-15, the government has earmarked Rs1587 million for agriculture department, Rs149 million for Auqaf department, Rs1271 million for buildings, Rs1672 million for district development programmes, Rs8132 million for elementary and secondary education, Rs3046 million energy and power, Rs57 million environment, Rs4049 million for finance, Rs501 million for food and Rs1015 million for forest.
Similarly, the government has set aside Rs8280 million for health, Rs6180 million higher education, Rs3500 million for home department, Rs956 million for housing, Rs3471 million for industries, Rs224 million for information, Rs26 million for labour department, Rs1050 million for law and parliamentary affairs department, Rs626 million for minerals and Rs330 million population.
Also Rs7900 million for poor, Rs12258 million for regional development, Rs2052 million for relief, Rs1001 million for research, Rs9590 millions for roads, Rs500 million for social welfare, Rs1325 million for sports and tourism, Rs1000 million for information technology, Rs200 million for transport, Rs7467 for rural development and Rs4737 million for water.