KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presented the budget for the Fiscal year 2020-21 in the Sindh Assembly. The total volum of the budget is Rs1.24 trillion.The Sindh Chief Minister also announced a 5 to10 percent increase in the salaries of govt employees.
In his budget speech the Chief minister Sindh said that Rs.20.0 billion has been proposed for cash transfers to individuals affected by COVID-19 under Sindh Peoples Support Program. He said that the govt followed the universally adopted approach to address the threat posed by COVID-19, adding that Sindh was the first province who took steps for enforcing and implementing a lockdown.
“Steps were taken as soon as the first case surfaced on 26th February 2020, and schools were immediately closed to protect our children. We moved towards closing down all places where people could gather and a lockdown was imposed on 23rd March 2020.” he said.
CM Sindh said that the agriculture budget has been increased by 40% to Rs.14.84 billion, due to agriculture support for small farmers. Rs1 billion has been allocated to small farmers as a concession for quality rice seeds.
Rs 1.0 billion will be provided on account of Fertilizer subsidy to the farmers with landholding of 25 acres or less. Rs.500.0 million is proposed for Livestock breeding. Rs.5.0 billion has been allocated for a Soft Loan Program for Small & Medium Enterprises. The chief minister said.
Murad Ali Shah said that Rs.7.0 billion has been allocated in the next financial year 2020-21 for 9 vertical Programs to combat/control Polio, TB, Aids, Lady Health Worker Program and Hepatitis control.
He said the Sindh govt has allocated Rs.1.00 billion for 200 Bedded Infectious Disease Control Hospital at NIPA, Karachi. Rs.1.00 billion has been allocated to combat Pandemic in next FY 2020-21.
He said that Rs.1.00 billion has been allocated to combat Pandemic in next FY 2020-21. Rs.1.00 billion has been allocated for up-gradation and operationalization of newly completed 22 Health facilities.Likewise Rs.5.15 billion has been allocated for NICVD, Karachi aand Rs.5.14 billion have been allocated to NICVD( Lyari Karachi, Larkana, Sehwan, Hyderabad, Sukkur, T.M.Khan, Shaheed Benaziabad, Khirpur, Mithi and Karachi ) in next FY 2020-21.
Giving detail of the budget the Chief Minister said that Rs.5.60 billion has been allocated to SIUT while Rs.160.00 million has been allocated for treatment of Thalassemia. He said thatRs.150.00 million have been allocated for Dialysis in various health facilities and Rs.250.00 million has been allocated for establishment of hospital at Islamkot. Rs.1.3 billion has been allocated for the establishment of 200 bedded Infectious Diseases Control Hospital Mirpurkhas .
CM Murad said that Sindh govt aims to develop safe, swift and reliable transportation infrastructure in the province and to boost this sector, the govt has allocated Rs.6.4 billion against 17 major schemes.
He said that BRTS Greenline, financed by federal government, is expected to be complete by December 2020. Rs.3.90 billion have been allocated for maintenance and repair of Roads, Highway and Bridges. Rs.200.00 million is allocated for Sindh Mass Transit Authority. Rs.200.00 million has been allocated for Sindh Mass Transit Authority in next FY 2020-21.
The Chief minister has told that Rs 3 billion fixed for construction of underpasses/flyovers on Railway crossing along Karachi Circular Railway route while Rs178 has been allocated for Yellow Line BRTS. Rs.1 billion has been allocated for construction of BRT Red Line Karachi
Murad Ali Shah said the budget of the Health Department has been divided into two major segments i.e. Health Services and Medical Education. The budget estimates for Health Department for the financial year 2019-20 was Rs.120.486 billion which has been increased to Rs.139.178 billion for the next financial year 2020-21, he said.
Speaking about the education budget, Murad Ali Shah said that the budget of the education sector for the next financial year 2020-21 has been increased to Rs.244.5 billion, compared with Rs.212.4 billion for the financial year 2019-20. Rs.150.00 million have been allocated for NED university campus Thar Institute of Engineering, Science & Technology.
Rs.13.15 billion for School Education, Rs.3.72 billion kept for College Education, Rs.800 million for the establishment of English Medium Schools in Sindh (25 Units) while Rs.3.36 billion have allocated for Universities and Boards.