QUETTA: The government of Balochistan on Saturday presented Rs465.528 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2020-21. Balochistan Finance Minister Zahoor Ahmed Buledi, presenting the budget, said that Rs309 billion have been allocated for non-developmental expenditures, while more than Rs156 billion have been allocated for developmental expenditures. The minister addressing the floor of the house said that despite meager resources the province is trying its best to churn out optimum health facilities in the times of coronavirus. An amount of Rs38 billion has been allocated for the health sector, which aims to provide modern medical facilities for the poor people residing in the providence. An amount of Rs1 billion has been allocated for coronavirus emergency in the province, Zahoor Ahmed Buledi told the house. He added that the provincial government was leaving no stone unturned to do its best for its people during the outbreak of coronavirus along with ensuring that all required medical equipment is made accessible and salaries of health workers, doctors and paramedics are paid on time. The provincial finance minister said that more than Rs63.5 billion have been allocated for the uplift of the education sector. Buledi said that there is a deficit of Rs87 billion in the budget. He said that the province announced an emergency on March 8 with regards to the rapidly changing coronavirus situation during which the provincial government distributed Rs985 million rupees worth of ration to various district governments. He also paid a glowing tribute to doctors and paramedics of the province who have been performing their duties in the face of great odds. Buledi said that the government’s primary focus in the budget is education, drinkable water and employment generation. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Jam Kamal while chairing a meeting of the provincial cabinet, approved the provincial budget proposals for the fiscal year 2020-21. Kamal, addressing the provincial cabinet said the budget has been drafted after consultations with all the relative stakeholders.
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