Sindh Government presented its annual budget in provincial assembly for the fiscal year 2013-14 having a total outlay of Rs 617 billion here on Monday. Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah presented the budget in Sindh Assembly. In his budget speech, the CM said the budget making is always a daunting task especially when the global economy is suffering from years of recession and uncertainty, and when there are serious resource constraints.But we, by authoring this document, have tried to give people of this province relief and opportunity, which they expect from us.He said the focus of “this budget is the optimal utilisation of the resources to achieve our objectives of socio-economic development. To continue our march to progress, we have made an historically high allocation of Rs 185 billion for our Annual Development Programme. A provision of Rs 8.6 billion has been kept for high priority schemes which will be identified during the course of the financial year.

This reflects our resolve to bring significant improvement in the life of common man by investing in seven major priorities of this government which are highlighted below:

1.   Our top most priority is to provide security and improve law and order situation in the province, and we will make necessary investment to achieve this objective.

2.    Investment to create more employment opportunities and poverty alleviation initiatives.

3.    Investment to provide better quality of education.

4.    Investment to provide better health care, especially to the poor.

5.    Investment in Energy.

6.    Investment in agriculture, as majority of the province’s people are dependant on this sector.

7.    Investment in Karachi Circular Railways to address the transport  problems of the mega city.