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‘Sindh budget aimed at poverty alleviation’

‘Sindh budget aimed at poverty alleviation’

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said the government on Saturday will present fourth budget during its present tenure which will be appreciated by the people as it is aimed at poverty alleviation.

He was presiding over a cabinet meeting held here at CM House on Friday to finalise budget proposals and estimates.

Besides all the provincial ministers, advisers and special assistants with the status of provincial ministers, the meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Senior Member Board of Revenue Rizwan Memon, Additional Chief Secretary (Dev) Mohammad Waseem, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput and other officers concerned.

Briefing the cabinet about the proposed budget for next financial year and the recoveries of the Sindh Revenue Board and Excise and Taxation Department, Senior Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah and Finance Secretary Sohail Rajput said almost all the recovery targets have been achieved, except the target of the Board of Revenue due to a ban on the allotment of government land.

Additional Chief Secretary (Dev) Mohammad Waseem briefed the cabinet on the next proposed Annual Development Programme (ADP).

On the advice of the chief minister, budget allocation was increased for the departments such as social welfare, special education, sports and youth affairs, minorities and women development which have been working for the welfare of society.

Mr Waseem said there would be 1,777 ongoing and 996 new schemes in the next ADP, but the exact total number of schemes would be announced in the budget speech. He also highlighted new budget proposals of all the government departments.

Under the sustainable development goals, he said priority schemes in the education and health sectors were given substantial budget.

Published in Dawn, June 11th, 2016

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