Government of Balochistan presents Rs. 87 billion deficit budget

Total volume of budget is 465 with Rs. 118.256 for development and 309 for non-development sector

QUETTA: The Government of Balochistan presented its budget for the fiscal year 2020-21 with a total outlay of Rs. 465 billion with estimated revenue of Rs. 377 billion and a deficit of Rs. 87 billion rupees, here on Saturday.  

The budget was presented by Provincial Finance Minister Mr. Zahoor Buledi during the session of Balochistan Assembly. Provincial Finance Minister Zahoor Buledi read the budget document. The provincial government, akin to the centre, did not increase the salaries of the employees. An amount of Rs. 118 had keep kept for the development while 309 for non-development sector.

The provincial government has also allocated Rs. 4.5 billion for dealing with Corona while Rs. 500 million for dealing with locust. The Government also announced to create as many as 6840 new jobs in the next fiscal year to deal with the unemployment. Similarly, the government also announced Rs. 60.875 in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for as many as 934 on-going development schemes while Rs. 57.381 billion for as many as 1634 new development schemes. The Government has allocated Rs. 44 billion in total for the law and order and Rs. 7.050 billion for health. Rs. 4.121 have been allocated for Agriculture in the development budget while for education the total development budget is 9.107 billion for the fiscal year 2021.

Excerpts from Finance Minister’s Speech for Steps in Health

Mr. Buledi said that establishment of Thalassemia Centers in District Headquarters Hospitals while work on new building of Civil Hospital in Gwadar has started, work on new block for treatment of Muzi Cancer in Sheikh Zayed Hospital Quetta has been started and Cardiology Center in Bolan Medical Complex Hospital has been started.  Establishment of ICU center is also being implemented, steps have been taken to set up bachelors hostels in district hospitals in 8 districts of the province, including setting up of a new 30-bed hospital in Nawan Kali area of ​​Quetta city.  Completion of the work of the new District Hospital in Chaman, Qila Abdullah has been ensured but the construction work in the new medical colleges established in the province including Jhalawan, Makran and Lorlai has been expanded and the salaries and benefits of the deployed faculty members have been significantly increased.

He added that 18 new kidney dialysis centers have been set up in 18 districts, the most important step of our government in the first phase of PPHI Balochistan Medical Emergency Response Centers (MERC) Quetta-Karachi-Chaman.

In the financial year 2019-2020, Fatima Jinnah General and Chest Hospital Quetta has been upgraded to the level of Institute of Chest Diseases.  The existing budget of the faculty posts and the institute is being increased from Rs 423 million to Rs 525 million and Rs 35 crore for free vaccination for the Extended Immunization Program (EPI) in the financial year 2020-2021 have been allocated.

The Post Graduate Medical Institute Balochistan (PGMI) will be fully operational during the financial year 2020-2021 and 167 faculty posts are being maintained.  The move will also make Sheikh Zahid Hospital fully operational, bringing another Tertiary Care Hospital in Quetta and Balochistan into full operation.

New ICUs will be set up in district hospitals including Turbat, Chaman, Khuzdar, Loralai, Mastung, Naseerabad, Pishin and Zhob for a 20-bed intensive care unit.  Dental colleges were established in all the provinces of Pakistan a long time ago but in Balochistan BMC is still functioning as a dental department, now our government has decided to set up a regular dental college in Quetta.

The establishment will be implemented and for this 79 faculty posts are being created in the next financial year which will be a historic process.

District headquarters hospitals play a key role in providing quality healthcare facilities in remote areas of the province. Many district hospitals in other parts of the country were given teaching status but no progress has been made in Balochistan so far.  Now government has decided to give teaching status to 8 more DHQ hospitals.

In this regard, medical teaching posts and huge amount of money are being allocated for these hospitals.

For the first time in the history of the province, Rs. 2.5 billion has been allocated in the financial year 2020-2021 for launching Health Emergency Air Ambulance and purchase of Air Ambulance. In the new financial year 2020-2021, 1266 new posts have been created for the Health Department.

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