AJK govt presents Rs163.7bn budget

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government on Saturday presented its Budget for fiscal Year 2022/23 with a total volume of Rs163.7 billion out of which Rs28.5 billion have been allocated for annual development program (ADP).

Minister for finance Abdul Majid Khan presented the budget for coming fiscal year and revised estimates for current fiscal year in the legislative Assembly in the absence of opposition members who boycotted the session and protested in front of building against government’s policies.

The estimates for recurring expenditures for next fiscal year have been shown Rs135.2 billion compared to Rs112. 9 billion revised estimates of current fiscal year while Rs28.5 billion has been allocated for development expenditures compared to revised estimates of Rs22.8 billion for current fiscal year.

Total income from revenue for the next fiscal year has been estimated Rs36.5 billion including Rs25.89 billion from income tax and Rs10.61 billion in the head of other taxes.

The government will receive Rs74.32 billion in the head of variable grants, Rs25.13 billion in the head of state revenue, Rs700 million in the head of water use charges and Rs700 million as capital receipts (loan and advances).

The minister while elaborating the salient features of the next fiscal year budget said that 62 percent funds in ADP had been allocated for 389 running development schemes while 38 percent was allocated for 263 new projects in the next fiscal year budget and 107 running projects would be completed during the coming fiscal year. He told the house that 19 percent fund in ADP in the coming fiscal budget had been allocated for social sector, 12 percent for production sector and 69 percent for infrastructure development.

The minister announced 15 percent disparity allowance and 15 percent adhoc allowance on new pay scales of 2022 for government employees and 15 percent rise in pensions of retired government employees.

In ADP for next fiscal year, preference had been given to communication department with highest allocation of Rs12 billion while Rs3.3 billion has been allocated for housing and physical planning.

The minister said Rs2.17 billion had been allocated in ADP for next fiscal year for education department and Rs1.8 billion for health department.

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