Balochistan approves new budget

Published: June 22, 2017
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Budget 2017-18. PHOTO: REUTERS

Budget 2017-18. PHOTO: REUTERS

QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly on Wednesday passed the provincial budget for the new fiscal year, with an outlay of Rs326.36 billion, without any opposition.

The Rs326 billion approved budget includes Rs86.11 billion for the public sector development programme (PSDP), and around Rs240 billion for the non-development expenditures.

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The opposition parties, including Jamiat Ulema Islam and Awami National Party did not move a single cut motion on the demands for grants.

Opposition leader of JUI-F Maulana Abdul Wasey, ANP leader Engineer Zamarak Khan Piralizai and opposition members who were present in the house did not submit any cut motion before the assembly session stated.

Speaker of the assembly Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani, who was presiding the session, asked the provincial Finance Minister Sardar Muhammad Aslam Bezenjo to move demands for grant in the house which no opposition member opposed.

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House approved all the 58 demands for grant without any opposition.

It is pertinent to note the tradition of moving cut motions by opposition members ended in the Balochistan Assembly in 2002.

In the 2008 to 2013 assembly there was no opposition member in the Balochistan as all 65 members were with Nawab Aslam Raisani-led coalition government.

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