QUETTA: Adviser to the Chief Minister Balochistan on Finance, Mir Khalid Langove is presenting a deficit budget for fiscal year 2015-16 in Balochistan Assembly, with an estimated total outlay of Rs243 billion.
Opposition political parties have boycotted the budget session, terming it as ‘anti-masses’.
The deficit is estimated at Rs26bn, and Rs89bn has been allocated for non-development expenditures in the budget, sources in the Balochistan Finance Department said.
The nationalists-led coalition government has given priority to education and health sectors. A total of Rs38bn has been allocated to the education sector whereas Rs15bn has been allocated to the health sector.
However, most of the funds allocated to education and health in the past have usually been spent on the salaries of teachers, doctors and para-medics rather than the development of these two sectors.
Despite the deficit budget, the volume of non-development expenditures has been increased by the government.
Sources said Rs54bn has been allocated to the Public Sector Development Program in the province, while Rs26bn has been set aside for the law and order situation in Balochistan which has been in the grip of violence for over 12 years now.
As opposition parties boycott what they term an ‘anti-masses’ budget, the Leader of the Opposition in the Balochistan Assembly Maulana Abdul Wasey while addressing an emergency press conference said, “Our voice is not being heard in assembly and therefore we have decided not to participate in the session”.
Deputy Opposition Leader Zamarak Achakzai and other opposition members also stood by him on the occasion.
Wasey said the provincial government had failed to address the grievances of masses and include projects of public interests in the financial budget. “Rulers only gave priority to their constituencies”, the opposition leader complained.