Karachi June 06 (TNS): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Tuesday that the provincial government has raised salaries of government employees and pensioners by 15 percent against the 10 percent raise of the federal government.
Addressing a post-budget press conference, Shah said that of the total Rs1000 billion provincial budget, the highest sum of Rs202 billion have been allocated to the education sector. He said that of the allocated sum, Rs600 will be utilised on the provision of basic facilities and to improve infrastructure before December.
The chief minister said that students securing A-1 grade will be given Rs10,0000 stipend while the examination and enrolment fee of matric and intermediate students has been waived off. He said that an allocation of Rs5 billion has been made for boards and universities.
The chief minister said that health was the second priority area for which an allocation of Rs102 billion have been made. He said that under a major chunk of the health budget will be utilised to boost medical supply, buy oxygen kits, ambulances and equipment while a special focus will be paid on immunisation and polio programmes. He said that the private sector will also be involved to engage it in the health sector. He said that an allocation of over Rs4 billion have been allocated to the Sind Institute of Urology and Transplantation.