QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly on Tuesday passed the supplementary budget of Rs10.52 billion for the fiscal year 2021-22 without any objection from the opposition parties.

Finance Minister Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran moved 16 demands for the draft in the house. The session was presided over by Deputy Speaker Sardar Babar Khan Musakhail. The members of the opposition parties, including JUI-F, BNP-Mengal and PkMAP, were present in the house, but they did not submit any cut motion.

The highest amount of over Rs1.63bn would be spent on the expenditures of the home department. Another big allocation of Rs1.30bn is for the primary and secondary health sector. An amount of over Rs1.17bn has been approved for specialised healthcare and medical education. The house also approved an amount of Rs880.12 million for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority. The approved budget includes an amount of Rs630.14m for mineral resources.

The provincial government has set aside Rs350.6m for the planning and development department and Rs300.6m for the energy sector till June 30, 2022.

Published in Dawn, June 29th, 2022

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