PESHAWAR (our reporter):- Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa budget for next fiscal year with an outlay of Rs1332 billion was presented in Provincial Assembly in Peshawar on Monday.

Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra presented the budget proposals announced that Rs1109 billion have been set aside for settled districts and Rs 222 billion for merged districts of ex-FATA.

He said the government has allocated Rs418 billion for the Annual Development Program while remaining amount has been allocated for current expenditures of the provincial government.

The Minister announced 16 percent adhoc relief allowance for government employees’ salaries and 15 percent in pensions of retired employees, besides announcement of a 15 percent risk allowance for police personnel from grade 7 to 16 and an increase in the police martyrs package.

He said Rs 25 billion have been earmarked for Sehat Card Plus and Rs 10 billion have been allocated for provision of free medicine to people including the first ever initiative of free medicine at OPDs.

Taimur Saleem Jhagra said the government has allocated 227 billion for elementary and secondary education while more than thirty-four billion rupees for the higher education department.

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