QUETTA - The Balochistan Assembly yesterday passed the budget for financial year 2016-17 with total outlay of over Rs 287 billion – Rs 215 billion for non-development and Rs 71 billion for development expenditures.

The session was chaired by Speaker Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani. Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri tabled 55 demands for grants which were approved by the house unanimously as the opposition benches did not oppose the same.

The house approved Rs 13.47 billion for expenditures on general administration, economic matters, statistics and publicity and information.

The chief minister moved a demand for grant for over Rs 730 million for expenditure on the head of provincial revenue. A amount of over Rs 30 million was sought for stamps expenditure. Another demand for grant was moved for over Rs 12 billion on the head of pensions.

Over Rs 1.65 billion was sought for expenditure on the head of administration of justice and another sum of over Rs 230 million was sought for expenditure for prosecution department. Approval for over Rs 15 billion was sought for expenditures on Balochistan police.

Another sum of over Rs 04 billion was sought for expenditure on Balochistan Constabulary.

The chief minister tabled the demand for grant o Rs 6 billion for Levies. Rs 3 billion were sought for health services’ expenditure and Rs 13 billion for higher education. Similarly, approval was sought for expenditure of Rs 28 billion for secondary education and Rs 17 billion for the Health Department.

The house approved demand for grant of Rs 3 billion for relief in natural calamities, Rs 7 billion for Agriculture Department, over Rs 3 billion for livestock sector, Rs 12 billion for rural development and Rs 14 billion for energy sector.

It also approved expenditure of Rs 22 billion for government loans, over Rs 6 billion for state trade and over Rs 4 billion for investment.

The house approved demands for grant of Rs 19 billion for general services, Rs 21 billion for economic affairs, Rs 15 billion for environment protection and Rs 3 billion for residential and community facilities and health.

It also approved expenditure of Rs 6 billion for educational services and Rs 390 million for social protection.