KP govt to present budget of over Rs613 billion today

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will unveil a budget for financial year 2018-19 today (Monday), with a total outlay of over Rs613 billion.
KP Finance Minister Taimoor Saleem Khan Jhagra will present the budget for financial year 2018-19 in the provincial assembly.
The spokesperson for the provincial government Shaukat Yousafzai confirmed that the budget will be over Rs613 billion and that Rs123 billion have been allotted for the Annual Development Program (ADP).
“In the budget, 70 per cent has been allocated for development schemes which are under way and 30 per cent has been put aside for new schemes,” Yousafzai added. “Projects, including Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Swat Expressway, will be completed soon,” the KP government spokesperson vowed.
Yousafzai further promised that the budget will be “balanced and tax-free” and will “not exert pressure on the poor”.
Stating that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is in power in the centre and province, Yousafzai said, “We are hopeful we will get money from the centre.”
Meanwhile, official sources said the budget mentions receiving over Rs71 billion in the form of foreign aid which will be spent on development projects.
The budget also proposes over Rs29 billion for district governments and over Rs3 billion for clean water and sanitation.
Over Rs9 billion for education, around Rs7 billion for health, over Rs2 billion for forestry and over Rs2 billion for multi sectorial development have also been recommended in the budget.