The government of Punjab, on Monday, has proposed a 10 percent increase on salaries and pensions in the budget of the province for the next fiscal year 2021-22.
As per the details, other than an increase in salaries, the development outlay-Annual Development Plan (ADP)- for the province will be set at Rs480 billion for the next fiscal year.
A total of Rs265 billion would be earmarked for the ongoing projects while Rs130 billion would be set aside for new uplift schemes. A development budget of Rs62 billion is earmarked for Lahore uplift projects.
The home department Punjab would get Rs1.90 billion for development projects, Rs78 billion would be earmarked for specialized healthcare and Rs60 billion for universal health coverage under the health insurance programme.
For other uplift projects, Rs1.23 billion would be earmarked for the establishment of a health facility in district headquarter Gujranwala, while Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujarat University, and DHQ Gujrat would receive funds of Rs350 million.
The Institute of Cardiology Multan has sought funds of Rs700 million while PKLI demanded Rs1 billion for its specialized healthcare unit in the budget 2021-22.
Previously in a report, it was noted that 35 percent of the development funds will be earmarked for the uplift projects in South Punjab.
The budget 2021-22 carries a proposal of Rs10.24 billion to be earmarked for higher education, and Rs1 billion for special education.
Rs58.24 billion will be earmarked for water supply and sewerage projects, Rs44 billion for irrigation projects, and Rs23 billion for agriculture development.
It is pertinent to be stated here that Punjab has also proposed a budget of Rs28 billion for transport projects, Rs18.86 billion for governance and information technology projects, Rs12.88 billion on energy projects, and Rs32 billion for urban development projects this year.