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KP Assembly Passed Surplus Budget For Fiscal Year 2018-19

Peshawar (October 15, 2018): The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa unveiled a budget with an outlay of over Rs648 billion for the remaining eight months of the ongoing fiscal year 2018-19, showing Rs30 billion surplus with a development outlay of Rs180 billion.

According to the details, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Assembly on Monday passed a surplus budget for fiscal year 2018-19 whereas the opposition parties boycotted the session to protest arrest of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif.

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The total outlay of budget is Rs648 bln. KP govt has estimated expenditures for FY 2018-19 around Rs618 bln whereas Rs180 bln has been earmarked for uplift projects across province. Rs5 bln has been earmarked for providing interest-free loans to youth and skill development projects.

Delivering the budget speech in the assembly session which met with Speaker KP Assembly Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani in the Chair, Minister for Finance Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra said that since upliftling of poor segments of the society was the top priority, the government has not revised the rate of any provincial tax.

He said that the government is making concentrated efforts to strengthen taxation recovery system; however, it will not impose any new tax on the people.He said that the current revenue receipts are 7.5 percent above Rs603 billion of the outgoing fiscal year.

The minister also announced an increase of 10 percent ad-hoc relief in salaries and pensions in addition to 50 percent raise in house rent of the provincial government employees in budget 2018-19.

Giving breakup of the provincial receipts, he said they included Rs426 billion from the federal government which included Rs360bn under the federal taxes and Rs233bn as royalty oil and gas.

Similarly, the province will obtain Rs65bn as net hydel profit including Rs38bn net profit arrears.

Jhagra said that the own receipts of the province have been pitched at Rs23.82bn from its taxes and Rs17.439bn from non-tax sector.As much as Rs71 billion have been pitched as foreign grant in 2008-19, showing 11 percent increase over the outgoing year.

The province will generate Rs45bn showing seven percent increase from other receipts to be generated at the province level, the minister said.

The province will receive Rs360 billion from the federal divisible pool in addition to Rs4.33bn as one percent of the divisible pool for war on terror.

The budget also envisages hefty funds for major schemes such the BRT project and Sehat Insaf programme, besides other sectors.It also proposes Rs79.55 billion for the provincial development projects while Rs29.34 billion has been put aside for development schemes financed by the district annual development programme.

K-P govt also plans to extend the Sehat Insaaf Card scheme to another 80000 families.

In the onset, PML-N lawmakers chanted slogans and protested arrest of Shehbaz Sharif. Later, the opposition led by PML-N staged walkout.

The session was called on October 11 earlier but was postponed till Monday (today).

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It was notified by Secretary Provincial Assembly in Peshawar.

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