PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Friday passed 10 demands for grant of the supplementary budget for the financial year 2012-13 after the opposition members withdrew their cut motions.
The demand for grant of Rs 25,984,000 pertained to defraying the expenses of the provincial assembly to be incurred during till June 30 this year.
The second demand for grant of Rs 63.902,000, which was presented for the department of General Administration, attracted some cut motions, which were, however, withdrawn by the movers after speech of Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Arshad Abdullah.
The minister said that the supplementary budget becomes necessary when the expenses exceed from the annual budget.
He said that it was not a first-ever supplementary budget and increase in the expenditures. He disputed the claims of 10 per cent increase in the expenditures, saying that increase in the prices of petroleum and depreciation of rupee would have brought the difference in the budget.
Speaker, Kiramatullah Khan told the house that Constitution allows the presentation of supplementary budget.
However, he stressed for taking efforts to prevent exceeding of the expenses.
The house later approved eight more demands for grants with consensus after the opposition members withdrew their cut motions to pave way for unanimous approval of the grants.