KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday presented the Sindh’s provincial budget for Q1FY1028-19 with a total outlay of Rs1.14 trillion.
Murad Ali Shah announced that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led government would not present a finance bill in this budget and the elected members of the next assembly would propose a nine-month budget for the remaining three quarters.
He informed the assembly that in the current financial year the government will complete 714 schemes while adding that last year the PPP-led provincial government had completed a record number of schemes.
“We have entered the second phase of facing new challenges and competition,” he said. “Terrorism had destroyed our resources and energies but now it has been eliminated.”
He said it would be a first that the mark of Rs200 billion would be crossed. “Only last year, Rs111 billion was spent on development,” he said.
The Sindh chief minister said that the Sindh government has yet to receive Rs75 billion receipts from the federal government under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said that he feels immense pride as Pakistan Peoples’ Party is presenting the sixth annual budget of the province. “We have tried our best to resolve the problems of people in Sindh,” he added.
Last year, Murad Ali Shah, who also holds portfolio for the province’s finance minister, announced the budget with a total outlay of Rs1.04 trillion.
The Sindh government had also proposed a 10 per cent increase in the salaries and pension of government employees, besides announcing the creation of over 46,000 new jobs.