KARACHI - The Sindh government will unveil the outlay of over Rs561 billion provincial budget for financial year 2012-13 on Monday (tomorrow), promising thousands of government jobs for unemployed, free of cost agriculture land and tractors to farmers on subsidised rates.
Sindh Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah will present the budget speech in the Sindh Assembly which scheduled to meet on 4pm on June 11.
No new taxes would be imposed in the next budget. In its final and fifth year of the current tenure, the PPP-led Sindh government has proposed over Rs161 billion provincial development budget for next fiscal year, increasing Rs50 billion against Rs111 billion of current year.
It is learnt that the provincial government will announce to generate about 50,000 jobs in the government sector in the next financial year, which include 19,000 jobs of government teachers in education, over 5,000 in police, while remaining would be in the other provincial departments.
The free of cost distribution of about one lac acres government land to the farmers especially among the women would also be announced by PPP government in the next provincial budget.
The government has proposed to distribute about 15,000 tractors to farmers on subsidised rates, besides providing the seeds, fertilizers and other agriculture inputs on subsidized rates have also been proposed in the next budget.
Officials privy to the budget-making process, confirmed to TheNation that they were still getting directives from the higher ups of the government for bringing changes in the figures of total budget outlay as well as development budget because they want to incorporate the proposals are receiving from the ally parties.
It is expected that the development budget may further increased to the tune of Rs170 billion.
Other than the provincial development outlay of so far proposed Rs161 billion, a sum of Rs20 billion has been proposed to complete the schemes of the defunct district government in next financial year, while uplift schemes to the tune of over Rs10 billion from federal fund would expected to be part of the next provincial budget However, the ongoing uplift schemes of Rs38 billion would also to be shown in the provincial budget.
If the total development programmes merged including provincial ADP, districts’ ADP, federal and foreign funded projects, the total development outlay would may cross the tune of Rs235 billion for next provincial budget.
In the proposed Rs161 provincial development budget, about 70%, which stands to the tune of Rs113 billion has been proposed for the over 1,200 ongoing uplift schemes, while 47% mean Rs47 billion are being proposed for a huge number of over 1300 new schemes, which to be initiated in the new budget.
Sources said that a huge amount of Rs23 billion had been proposed for special projects to be initiated on the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah in the next fiscal year prior to the next elections approaching in the end of 2012 or 2013.
Among the proposed development allocations, the a huge amount of Rs13 billion has been proposed for Thar Coal project and energy department as government wanted to give priority to energy sector in the final year its term of regime.
The PPP government has retained the MPAs priority programme on same tune of Rs11.88 billion in the next budget, under which development schemes proposed by the MPAs, Rs600 million for each MPA, would be initiated in next fiscal year.
Besides, a huge allocation of Rs12 billion for education, Rs11 billion for health department, Rs7 billion for Irrigation department, Rs5.45 billion for agriculture and Rs905 million has been proposed for forest and wildlife departments.
The average increase of 12 to 20 per cent has been made in the development budget of other departments in the next budget, officials said.
The proposed allocation of development schemes of other departments including Rs880 million for food department, Rs3.5 billion for livestock, Rs1.35 billion for industries department, Rs490 million for mines and mineral department, Rs450 million for youth affairs department, Rs800 million for culture department, Rs260 million for transport department, Rs150 million for labour department, Rs360 million for information department, Rs720 million for minorities department, Rs210 million for social welfare department, Rs4.86 billion for information technology department, Rs270 million for environment, Rs430 million for rural development department, Rs585 million for antiquities department, Rs130 million for human rights department and Rs360 million proposed for development schemes to be initiated by the population department in next budget.
Among the proposed Rs10.60 billion special packages for cities/districts, a huge amount Rs4.40 billion has been proposed for Karachi. In the Rs4.40 billion Karachi package, Rs2 billion has been proposed to complete the development schemes of KMC, while Rs100 million each for East and Central districts of Karachi. Besides, the special package of Rs800 million has been continued for development schemes of Lyari area, Rs700 million for Keamari and Rs700 million has been proposed for development schemes in rural areas of Karachi, which are stronghold of ruling PPP.