Peshawar June 07 (TNS): The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government on Wednesday presented its annual budget of over Rs600 billion amidst protest by the opposition’s lawmakers, who tore budget copies, raised slogans and staged walkout from the House.
The budget was presented by Finance Minister Muzzafar in the KP Assembly, which met under the chair of speaker Asad Qaiser. Muzzafar counted the salient features of the finance bill that included allocation of funds, among other sectors, for development, education, health and social section.
Earlier, KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak approved the budget recommendations at a meeting of the provincial cabinet.
Under the budget, a sum of Rs208 billion for development schemes; Rs49.4 billion for health related projects, Rs127.9 billion for the education sector and Rs29.7 billion for the police while a raise of 10 to 15 percent in salaries and pensions of the government employees has been proposed.
Opposition parties objected to the finance minister’s presentation of the budget, with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPA Aurangzeb Nalotha alleging that the minister was an accused in the Bank of Khyber scam and he should not be on the floor of the House. He demanded that the minister of local government or the chief minister himself presented the budget.
Chief Minister Khattak rejected the allegations saying the minister was not an accused in the bank scam.
The opposition lawmaker left the House in protest after tearing the budget copies.