KPK Assembly passes Rs648bln ‘surplus budget’ amid ruckus

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PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jaghra yesterday unveiled a surplus budget for 2018-19 fiscal year as opposition parties boycotted the session over PML-N president’s incarceration.

The budget outlay is Rs.648 billion, with the expenditures estimated at Rs.618 billion, targeting a Rs30 billion surplus. The government has proposed an allocation of Rs.180 billion for various development schemes. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government plans to expand the Sehat Insaaf Card scheme to 800,000 families. It has also earmarked Rs.5 billion for interest-free loans to the youth, and skill-development training of the youth.

At the very onset of the budget session with speaker Mushtaq Ghani in the chair, PML-N lawmakers raised slogans, protesting Shehbaz’s imprisonment. Later, amid calls by the Speaker to restore order, they staged a walkout. Earlier, the speaker administered oath to the newly-elected members, including the K-P government spokesperson Shaukat Yousafzai.