Balochistan entire development budget is lesser than that of one city Lahore: Report
QUETTA: The Balochistan government on Monday unveiled the Rs88.3 billion Annual Development Programme (ADP) for 2018-19. The entire development budget of Balochistan is lesser than the development budget of Punjab capital Lahore. Lahore development budget for last years has hovered over Rs 100 billion and the Rs 200 billion Orange Line train is an exception to that.
In Balochistan the top priority being given to education, public health engineering development (PHED) and communication sectors.
Presenting the budget for 2018-19, Adviser to the Chief Minister on Finance Dr Ruquyia Saeed Hashmi said the government wanted to allocate maximum funds for the development sector to provide more facilities to the people.
She said the ADP also includes Rs9.2bn foreign aid. However, the resources from the federal government are not up to the needs of Balochistan, she added.
A total 4,728 schemes have been included in the ADP 2018-19. Out of which 3,213 schemes are new while 1,515 schemes ongoing ones as the government wants to complete ongoing schemes as soon as possible to allocate maximum amount for the new schemes, Dr Hashmi explained.