Rs0.103tr allocated for development of merged tribal districts in KP budget: CM

CM Mehmood Khan visits Torkham border crossing

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has said of the KP budget’s total outlay, Rs0.103 trillion was allocated for the development of the merged areas of the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
Addressing the cabinet meeting, CM Khan said the Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the fiscal year 2019-20 was 41 percent higher than last year’s comparable period, in which maximum relief was provided to all segment of the society.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra on Tuesday presented the provincial budget for the fiscal year 2019-20, with a total outlay of Rs0.9 trillion.
CM Mahmood Khan said that for the first time the cabinet has approved budget proposals for the tribal districts, besides an announced decrease of 12 percent in the cabinet members’ salaries.
The chief minister said it was a big and historic budget in which 41,687 new jobs in the public sector would be created.
A 31-percent increase was registered in ADP 2019-20 apart from tribal districts, he said, adding that the development outlay of tribal districts was three times higher than last year, which was unprecedented and would expedite the pace of economic development there.
CM Khan said a sum of Rs17 billion was allocated for the relief and assistance of Temporarily Displaced People (TDPs) in the 2019-20 budget.

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