MUZAFFARABAD - Rs 35.4 billion deficit budget for the fiscal year 2009-10 was presented in the Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. AJK Minister for Finance Chaudhry Lateef Akbar presented the outlay in the House chaired by Speaker Shah Ghulam Qadir. The new budget is tax-free and Rs 10 billions have been allocated for development projects while Rs 24 billions are sanctioned for non-developmental expenditure. An amount of Rs 19.875 billions will be obtained from state resources, while federal government will provide Rs 4.77 billion to bridge gap between income and expenditures. The Finance Minister told that federal government had provided Rs 10.752 billion for development, which was 13 per cent more than the allocation for current fiscal year. He said an amount of Rs 2.5 billions was expected to be provided for development schemes by AJK Council. He added that the Federal Ministry of Kashmir Affairs has provided RS 6.394 billions for 11 development projects under Annual Development Programme (ADP). An amount of 3.525 billion has been proposed for roads and communication with an increase of 20 per cent covering 33 per cent of total development outlay. The department of Local Government and Rural Development (LG&RD) will get Rs 1.7 billions, electricity, Rs 0.7 billions, and education, Rs 0.722 billions, in the new fiscal year proposed allocations. The Finance Minister told the House that federal government had approved the construction of 64.4 megawatt hydropower generation projects costing Rs 7.67 billions for which federal government would provide Rs 2.32 billions during the new fiscal year. He claimed in his budget speech that government had planned the provision of better health facilities to AJK masses with equipping of hospitals with dialysis centres, drug testing laboratories and safe blood transfusion. He said that hospitals, basic health units and health centres were being provided with latest medical facilities, besides reconstruction of several basic health units and two major hospitals in Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot. He added that health sector development was vital for provision of basic health facilities to the masses and staffers. Terming the forests as pivotal for state economy, he claimed that government was taking all possible steps for the development of forests and proposed Rs 0.358 billion allocation in that regard. The new fiscal year layout proposes Rs 0.624 billion for physical planning and housing, Rs 0.36 billion for public health engineering and Rs 50 million for wild lives fisheries to meet current expenditure and construction of new projects. An amount of Rs 260 millions has been allocated for information technology development and government would also earn from issuing computerised arms and driving licenses. The Finance Minister said that an amount of Rs 34 million had been allocated for completion of ongoing schemes of small industries corporation and Rs 51 million had been proposed for new development schemes. Rs 79 millions had been allocated for technical and vocational training programmes and for the purpose 43 female and 118 male institutions would impart technical training and education, the Minister added. The debate on the new fiscal year budget will start on Tuesday.