PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's (KP) ministry for local governments (LG) has proposed that 70 per cent of the province's development budget 2015-2016, earmarked for LG, be utilised for paying allowances and salaries of elected LG officials.

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Of the Rs144.42 billion budgeted outlay for LG in KP, an amount of Rs102.38bn has been proposed for the payment of LG salaries and allowances, a document acquired by DawnNews reveals.

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This leaves a Rs42.04bn ─ or 30pc of the budgeted amount of Rs144.42bn ─ to be devolved to LG for development in the province.

The proposal was submitted by the KP ministry for local governments headed by senior provincial minister Inayatullah of the Jamaat-i-Islami and is currently pending approval of Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak.

The allocation of 30pc of the KP budget to local governments had been lauded as a 'revolutionary move' at a time when the Sindh and Punjab governments had both presented what appeared to be run-of-the-mill budgets.

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