KARACHI: Sindh unveils ‘for the poor’ and ‘tax free’ deficit budget for in next fiscal year on Tuesday with a total expenses of 1.714 trillion rupees.
In his budget speech, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah – who is also provincial finance minister – said past year witnessed “extraordinary changes on both national as well as international levels that directly influenced common human.
“Despite, government of Sind swears he won’t leave a stone unturned ensure economic and political stability in provinces, contributing shares to common national the effort that in line with Vision of leadership of Pakistan People’s Party,” he said.
Compared with the expenditure of 1.714 trillion. rupees, next years budget estimates total income of 1.68 trillion rupees, which means a deficit of about 34 billion rubles.
As for income, the province will receive 1.055 trillion. in federal transfers, while Rs 347.5 billion is estimated to come from taxes, including Rs 180 billion in provincial sales tax. on Services. Other sources of income include non-tax revenue (27 billion rupees), current capital receipts (51.1 billion rupees), other transfers such as foreign project aid, as well as federal and foreign grants (105.6 billion rupees) rolling over cash balance (73 billion rupees) and net public Accounts of provinces (20 billion rupees).
On the contrary, large chunk of expenses, about 1.2 trillion rubles, will go to current income expenses that are short-term expenses used immediately or usually within year. Other heads current capital expenditures (54.5 billion rupees) and development (459.7 billion rupees), including an annual income of the province of 332.2 billion rupees. development program (ADP), foreign 91.5 billion rupees project assistance (FPA), other federal grants of Rs 6 billion and district ADP of Rs 30 billion.
SOCIAL PROTECTION: In his budget speech, boss minister announced 26.85 billion rupees for in social protection and economic sustainability package.
PAYMENT AND PENSION: He said that the special allowances for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 at the rates allowed for workers of federal government have been merged and revised basic pay scale for civil servants of provincial government introduced on sample of federal government.
He also announced special allowance for rate of 15 pcs. of basic pay scale government servants from 1 July.
“A Handbook on Inequality in rate of 33 pcs. of basic salaries will be paid to civil servants in BPS-1 up to 16 and on rate of 30% civil servants in BPS-17 and above in instead of of differential rate of special allowances for 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, which are canceled from July,” said Mr. Shah.
Noting that all provinces have yet to submit their budgets, he said, “If they decide to raise wages of their employees more than employees of Sindh government we’ll take decisions respectively, though salaries and pensions of our employees are better than employees of other provinces.
He said Sind government pensioners were already getting a 22.5% increase in net pension than those of federal government until February. Therefore, an increase in rate of 5 pieces. of net pension will be paid to Sindh pensioners from July 1, he said.
SALES TAX RELEASE: Main minister said paid production services will be exempt from provincial sales tax. However, 5 pcs. reduced tax rate for recruiting agents will continue for in next two years.
Tax rate on commissions received by food delivery channels (such as Foodpanda and Cheetay) from home cooks were reduced from 13 to 8 pcs. for two years, that is, until June 30, 2024.
In all other cases, services provided or rendered by commission agents will continue to be taxed at the rate of 13%.
EDUCATION: Main minister said sind government has kept the education sector as its top priority by allocating 326.8 billion rupees to this sector, which is about 19 percent. of in budget expenses. From this not-development budget was increased to 292.6 billion rupees. for in next fiscal year from 268.4 billion rupees during the current year, while 34.2 billion rupees were allocated as development budget for department of school education.
HEALTH: total expenses of Health budget for in next fiscal year valued at nearly Rs 207 billion, including primary, secondary and tertiary health care, preventive interventions, and other communicable and non-communicable diseases. This budget 14 pcs. higher than allocated 181.2 billion rupees for current fiscal year.
LAW AND ORDER: total distribution for in home The department, including police and prisons in Sindh, has been increased to Rs 124.9 billion from Rs 120 billion this year. year.
IRRIGATION AND AGRICULTURE: budget for irrigation was increased from Rs 21.23 billion to Rs 24.09 billion. Distribution for department of agriculture and irrigation in ADP is 36.2 billion rupees.
WATER AND SEWERAGE: 224.7 billion rubles were allocated for the water supply and sewerage sector. Two main schemes of in city will be completed in the coming financial year including relocation of affected of Gujar, Mehmudabad and Oranji nulls on cost of Rs 9.4 billion and work to expand the Greater Karachi Water Treatment Scheme K-IV for 511.7 billion rupees.
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT: Under that head is a provincial government increased its budget from 8 billion to 12 billion rupees for in next financial year and intends to expand of Sindh Solid Waste Management Board to other districts including Hyderabad, Qasimabad, Kotri, Sukkur City and Rohri.
Ruckus in assembly
budget session in the provincial assembly witnessed the hype as lawmakers belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) participated. in fight, with one female dick on both sides of passage blaming each other of theft mobile phones.
PTI Members Protested and Gathered in front of Tribune of speakers, chanting slogans against what they called imported budget.
house repeated with slogans “import khukumat namanzur” (import government unacceptable) and “imported budget namanzur” by PTI members, who, like previous year made them best interrupt the boss minister during budget speech.
In an effort move PTI members moved away from the site of leader of The housepps Ipa Mumtaz Jahrani tore up posters of PTI and threw them at members of the opposition. Mr. Jahrani and Shahnawaz Jadoun of PTI also threw budget books and bags on top of each other.
Published in Dawn, June 15, 2022