PESHAWAR - The NWFP Finance Minister Engineer Humayoon Khan Monday tabled a surplus budget of Rs 170.904 billion for the fiscal year 2008-2009 in the House, which according to him is in accordance with the promises and commitments made by the coalition partners, Pakistan Peoples Party and Awami National Party.   No new taxes were introduced in the budgetary estimates for the coming fiscal year. However, the government has suggested revival of the existing taxation system. In particular the NWFP government is planning to convert the Irrigation Charges on a flat rate basis in the coming financial year. The budgetary proposals for fiscal year 2008-09 are higher to the tune of Rs 61.886 billion as compared to the budget estimates for the outgoing fiscal year which were estimated at Rs 109.017 billion and Rs 60.412 billion of the revised estimates of Rs 110.491 billion. In the ongoing financial year, a sharp increase of Rs 3.426 billion was reported in the current expenditure, which was estimated at Rs 114.507 billion but increased to RS 117.933 billion in the revised estimates. However, the successive government had reduced the total expenditure from Rs 107,663.309 million to Rs 99,292.363 million in the current financial year 2007-2008. The total current expenditure against the total revenue of Rs 170.904 billion, is estimated in the new year budget at Rs 170.559 billion, thus paving the way for a surplus amount of Rs 345 million, Finance Minister Engineer Humayoon Khan remarked before the House. The NWFP Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti was also present in the House.   It is ironic to mention that after a couple of years, without any resistance and disturbance, Engineer Humayoon occupying the Ministry of Finance in the coalition government has accredited himself with presenting the budgetary proposals for the coming fiscal year. The budget session of the NWFP Assembly commenced with Speaker Mr. Kiramat Ullah Khan Chagharmati in the chair on Monday afternoon. A special meeting of the NWFP cabinet was held with Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti, which approved the budgetary proposals.   Before presenting the budgetary proposals, Finance Minister Engineer Humayoon Khan diverted the attention of the august House towards the promises and commitments made by the PPP and ANP leadership with the masses and added that they were determined to go ahead with fulfilling such promises and commitments. On this occasion he also paid glowing tributes to the late Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, with whose sacrifices there now exists a democratic set-up in the country. He was of the firm belief that coalition leaders like Asif Ali Zardari and Asfandyar Wali Khan are leading the country to its right direction.   Engineer Humayoon Khan reminded that the present government soon after take over initiated steps under the leadership of young and dedicated Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan for addressing the expectations of the people, which included safeguarding of their lives and properties, improving their living standard and provision of basic amenities of life. In this respect, the government succeeded in inking a peace agreement with Taliban in Swat. The agreement, he said, resulted in return of peace and stability throughout the region. Similarly, he said, instead of "handing over guns and Klashnikovs to the Pukhtoon youths, the NWFP government had planned the provision of education facilities to the children and youths throughout the province. The government had also focused maximum attention on improving law and order situation in the province. Before presenting the budgetary proposals for the new fiscal year, Engineer Humayoon informed the House about a sharp deficit of Rs 7442.359 million in current financial year, which he said was due to changes in the revenue and expenditure. However, he said, deficit was  balanced through other resources and savings. Disclosing budgetary proposals for coming fiscal year, Finance Minister told the august House that outlay of total revenue of Rs 170.904 billion included Rs 59.684 billion from the Federal Divisible Pool, Rs 4.429 billion from Straight Transfers, Rs 0.766 billion from GST on Services, Rs 14.432 billion from foreign grants, Rs 7.332 billion as 1/6 of Sales Taxes for District Governments and Cantonment Boards, Rs 7.444 billion from the provincial receipts and Rs 6,000 billion from the Hydel Net Profits. The receipts also included Development Revenue to the tune of Rs 13.178 billion and Capital Income of Rs 57.236 billion.   The Current Revenue Expenditure in the budgetary proposals for 2008-2009 is estimated at Rs 67.300 billion, whereas the Current Capital Expenditure is estimated at Rs 4.477 billion and Development Expenditure at Rs 41.545 billion. An amount of Rs 57.237 billion was shown as Capital Expenditure for Food in the budgetary estimates for the coming fiscal year. A major portion of the Revenue Expenditure, estimated at Rs 40.4 billion is being spent on salaries and establishment while the remaining would be spent on markup over loans and subsidy on wheat. He added that an amount of Rs 5.777 billion was meant for pension to retired employees. The development expenditure of Rs 41,544.935 million is dominating the total expenditure of Rs 113,321.923 million, whereas the current capital expenditure for the coming fiscal year is estimated at Rs 57,236.950 million. The Provincial Annual Development Programme (PADP) in the budgetary estimates for the coming fiscal year has been fixed at Rs 27.148 billion, whereas an amount of Rs 1218 million has been provided for the District Annual Development Programme. An Amount of Rs 8561.544 million was expected from the Federal PSDP. Likewise an amount of Rs 7,725.576 million was expected from the grants and aids in connection with the development sectors.   The NWFP Finance Minister informed that poverty is on the rise in the province and in this respect the government has allocated an amount of Rs one billion for poverty alleviation. The Finance Minister  also informed that the NWFP government had allocated a huge amount of Rs 6.559 billion for police force with a view to ensuring peace and security in the area and combat the growing trends of militancy and terrorism as well. He also informed that for ensuring wheat flour to the people of the province, the NWFP government had allocated Rs two billion as subsidy on wheat. Engineer Humayoon Khan while explaining allocations made for the social sector informed the House that a considerable amount of Rs 21. 720 billion was meant for education, and Rs 6.426 billion for health. He informed that for promotion of the agriculture sector an amount of Rs 500 million was allocated in the budgetary proposals. He said that keeping in view the importance of infrastructure in achieving the goals of progress and prosperity, the provincial government has allocated Rs 825 million. An amount of Rs 99.551 million has been allocated for various projects pertaining to women development.   The NWFP Finance Minister informed that Rs 263.524 million had been allocated for Sports, Culture and Heritage Departments. He said that Rs 35.110 million were allocated for minority communities and Rs 4.479 billion for construction of roads and bridges.