Punjab Assembly passes Rs229.83bn supplementary budget with majority.

LAHORE – The Punjab Assembly on Wednesday passed supplementary budget to the tune of Rs229.83 billion for the fiscal year 2021-22 with majority.

The approved supplementary grants included Rs 3,211 million for education, Rs 749 million for industries, Rs 4,561 million for public health, Rs 6,918 million for general administration, Rs 1,655 million for civil works, Rs 889 million for development and Rs 13,792 million for Police. Thanking the opposition for playing its democratic role in the discussion and approval of the budget, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar termed the allocation pro-masses, pro-farmers as well as pro-workers and the best in the history.

The session started three hours and 20 minutes behind the scheduled time with Speaker Ch Parvez Elahi in the chair. Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar also joined House proceedings and thanked the members for passing of the budget. Expressing views on cut motion PML-N’s Khalil Tahir Sindhu said that crime rate had increased in the province as per the police report. He questioned the logic of giving such huge amount to the police if it had failed to maintain law and order. PML-N’s Sami Ullah Khan blamed the government of slashing the development budget by Rs295 billion on the direction of International Monetary Fund.

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