- Punjab received Rs3.24bn, Sindh Rs7.07bn, KP Rs10.48bn and Balochistan Rs6.41bn on account of royalty and excise duty on natural gas, development and non-development grants
ISLAMABAD: The federal government has disbursed more than Rs27 billion to provinces during the first seven months of the current fiscal year on account of royalty and excise duty on natural gas, development grant and other non-development charges.
Documents available with this scribe disclosed that Punjab received Rs3.246 billion, Sindh Rs7.078 billion, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rs10.488 billion and Balochistan Rs6.417 billion from July 2018 to January 2019.
During the first quarter of FY19, Punjab received Rs0.408 billion from the Centre, Sindh Rs2.756 billion, KP Rs3.517 billion and Balochistan Rs1.014 billion.
Similarly, in the second quarter, Punjab received Rs1.795 billion, Sindh Rs3.477 billion, KP Rs5.368 billion and Balochistan Rs3.65 billion.
In January 2019, Punjab received Rs1.042 billion, Sindh 0.488 billion, KP Rs1.603 billion and Balochistan Rs1.753 billion.
Giving the breakdown, the documents revealed that the Punjab government received Rs3.134 billion as royalty on natural gas during the first seven months of FY19, while Rs0.112 billion were received as excise duty on natural gas.
Similarly, Sindh received Rs3.007 billion as royalty on natural gas, Rs3.666 billion as excise duty on natural gas and Rs0.405 billion as a development grant.
KP received Rs9.339 billion as royalty on natural gas, Rs0.863 billion as excise duty on natural gas and Rs0.289 billion as development grant.
Balochistan received Rs0.001 billion as royalty on natural gas, Rs0.741 billion as excise duty on natural gas, Rs0.677 billion as development grant and Rs4.998 billion under non-development charges.
Documents further revealed that these figures were shared with the provinces during the recent meeting of the National Finance Commission in Lahore, which was presided over by the Finance Minister Asad Umar and attended by the representatives of provinces.