Highlights of Punjab Budget 2011-2012

Associated Press of Pakistan

Lahore: The following are salient features of Punjab budget 2011-12 presented by Finance Minister Kamran Michal in the provincial assembly here on Friday.

* Budget outlay Rs 654.750 billion.
* 14 percent increase in Rs 220 billion ADP from the previous fiscal year.
* 13.75 percent increase has been announced in the provincial budget for the health sector with allocation of Rs 48.80 billion against Rs 42.90 billion in the previous year.
* 12.31 percent increase announced in the education sector with allocation of Rs 62 billion against Rs 55.20 billion in the previous year.
* The government collected Rs 1.55 billion under the CM’s
Relief Fund which were spent for the reconstruction of 89 villages and establishment of 22 model village while 67 model villages were constructed through other resources.
* Rs 1.20 billion will be spent for the rehabilitation and construction of roads while Rs 2.70 billion on irrigation.
* Rs three billion for Danish schools.
* Rs 52.80 billion for the police department.
* Rs 4.50 billion for Yellow Cab scheme.
* Rs 2 billion for the provision of computers.
* Six departments were merged for good governance.
* Elimination of projects allowance for officers.
* Ban on purchase of machinery, equipment and furniture.
* 40 percent decrease in recreation tax.
* GST on services has been reduced 17 to 16 percent.
* Increase in token tax on vehicle above 100 CC.
* Imposition of 60,000 per annual water conservatory charges on swing poles.

 

Punjab govt presents Rs 654.96b budget

Punjab government presented a balanced budget of Rs 654.96 billion for fiscal year 2011-12 in the Punjab Assembly session started here on Friday.Giving break-up of the estimated General Revenue Receipts of Punjab government during next fiscal year, the Finance Minister Kamran Michael, in his budget speech, said that provincial government would receive a major share of its budget from the Federal Divisible Pool under National Finance Commission Award amounting to Rs 530.65 billion. The Punjab would earn an estimated revenues of Rs 88.51 billion from Provincial Tax and Rs 35.65 billion under the head of Provincial Non-Tax Revenue, he added.

The Finance Minister elaborated that total Non-Developmental Budget has been estimated at Rs 434.74 billion, while a total of Rs 220 billion, 34 percent of the total budget, has been allocated for development projects.
He said, the Health Sector would receive a total budget of Rs 48.80 billion with Rs 25.50 billion for non-development and Rs 23.30 billion for development purposes.
The Education Sector’s total budget is Rs 62 billion with Rs 27.10 billion for non-development and Rs 34.90 billion for development, he said, adding, a grant of Rs 3 billion has been earmarked for Danish School Project in the financial year 2011-12.
The Finance Minister said that Police Department would get Rs 52.80 billion, while a grant of Rs 4.50 billion has been allocated for Yellow Cab Scheme and Rs 2 billion for provision of laptops/computers to students.
He said, a total of Rs 1.55 billion has been collected under Chief Minister Relief Fund, which was spent on reconstruction of 89 villages and 22 Model Villages.
The Punjab government, he said, has saved Rs 6 billion through austerity measures and 800 posts in various departments have been abolished as well as merging six deparments and abolishing project allowance and imposing ban on purchase of new furniture and equipment.
About tax measures, Michael said that Entertainment Tax has been reduced from 65 percent to 20 percent; GST on Services reduced from 17 to 16 percent; increase in token tax of over 1000cc vehicles; Rs 60,000 water conservatory charges on swimming pools per annum; Education Cess on membership of elite clubs.

 

Rs 1.6 bln earmarked for sports

Under the annual development programme, an amount of Rs 1.6 billion has been earmarked for three new and 54 ongoing development schemes of sports in the Punjab annual budget 2011-12.According to the budget report, the new development schemes include: establishment of mini sports complex at Aashiana Housing Scheme, provision of new Astroturf in Lahore and block allocation for fast moving/unfunded and new schemes.

Rs 11,250 mln allocated for irrigation sector

Punjab government has allocated a sum of Rs 11,250 million for the development of Irrigation sector in the fiscal year 2011-12.Allocation for the irrigation allocation is Rs 245 million more than the last year.According to budget documents, Rs 2,510 million would be spent on 20 new schemes while Rs 8,697 million on 43 ongoing schemes.However, foreign aid of Rs 5,383 million would be utilized for the new and ongoing schemes in irrigation sector.

Rs 2100 mln for Emergency Service

The Punjab government has allocated an amount of Rs 2100 million for various schemes of Emergency Services in the budget for the fiscal year 2011-12.According to budget documents, Rs 849 million would be spent on three new schemes while Rs 1,251 million on six ongoing schemes.

New schemes include providing security measures at existing Emergency Rescue Stations in Punjab, block allocation for covering new tehsils under emergency service, block allocation fast moving,new and unfunded schemes.Ongoing schemes includes Establishment of Emergency Services Academy at Lahore,Establishment of Emergency in district Chiniot, Establishment of Emergency Service in major cities of Punjab, Establishment of Emergency Service in remaining 24 districts of Punjab, strengthening of Emergency Service in existing cities and Establishment of Emergency Service in 12 tehsils of Punjab,

 

Rs 300 mln allocated for mines & minerals schemes

A sum of Rs 300 million has been allocated for 13 schemes of Mines and Minerals Development in the annual Punjab budget 2011-12.According to the budget report, Rs 103.874 million will be spent on 9 ongoing schemes whereas Rs 196.126 million has been allocated for four new projects.The amount reserved for block allocation will be utilized for fast moving/unfunded and new schemes.

IT gets Rs 2,000 million

The Punjab government has allocated an amount of Rs 2,000 million for IT sector for the fiscal year 2011-12 for implementation of projects sponsored by Punjab Information Technology Board and other government departments.An amount of Rs 1316.549 million has been allocated for eight ongoing schemes for Information Technology while Rs 683.451 million will be spent on five new programmes.

Rs 100 mln allocated for Labour & HR Development

The Punjab government has allocated an amount of Rs 100 million for Labour & Human Resource Development in the budget for the fiscal year 2011-12.According to the budget documents,  Rs 31.647 million has been earmarked for three on-going schemes for Labour and HR Development while Rs 68.353 million will be spent on five new programmes.

 

Five social welfare initiatives in Budget 2011-12

The Punjab Government has announced five new initiatives for social welfare and women development in the budget 2011-12.These new initiatives include establishing Children Homes Faisalabad, Working Women Hostel Sahiwal, Beggar’s Home Lahore, construction of Old Age Home Building Lahore and establishment of 50 new vocational training institutes.An amount of Rs 170 million has been allocated for these initiatives in the budget.

The government has allocated an amount of Rs 147.662 million for ongoing schemes for social welfare which include construction of Building of Gehwara Rawalpindi, establishment of Drug Rehabilitation Multan,Implementation of Gender Reform Action program,establishment of 7 Model Children Homes and establishment of three more old age Homes besides enhancing capacity of existing old age homes.
Whereas an amount of Rs 285 million has been allocated for new schemes for women empowerment and Rs 290 million has been allocated for new/fast moving schemes of PVTC.

 

Punjab fixes Rs 220 b in ADP

The Punjab government on Friday allocated Rs 220 billion under Annual Development Plan (ADP) in the annual budget 2011-12 with a grant of Rs 188,000 million earmarked for new development projects. According to the budget statistics, the Social Sector is to receive Rs 71, 635 million, Infra-structure Development Rs 59, 000 million, and Rs 23, 900 have been allocated for the education sector in the province out of which Rs 14, 500 million have been earmarked for School Education, Rs 6,500 million for Higher Education, Rs 500 million for Special Education, Rs 800 million for literacy and Rs 1600 million for sports.

The Health Department has been allocated Rs 14, 800 million while Rs 10,000 million earmarked for water Supply & Sanitation, Rs 9,35 in Social protection and Rs 15, 000 for Regional Planning.
An amount of Rs 7, 000 million has been allocated for the Local Government & Community Development (LG&CD) out of which Rs 1,800 million have been earmarked for LG&CD, Rs 4000 million for Punjab Development Programme and Rs 1, 200 million for the development of Katchi Abadis.
Infrastructure Development has been given 59,000 million out of which Rs 36, 650 eramarked for Roads, Rs 11, 250 million for Irrigation, Rs 2, 600 million for Public Buildings and Rs 8, 500 for Urban development.
Production Sector is to receive Rs 10,525 million with Rs 3,400 for the Agriculture sector.
A grant of Rs 1,235 million has been allocated for development of Forest, Wildlife and Fisheries sector, out of which Forest Department is to get Rs 470 million, Wildlife Rs 395 million and Fisheries Rs 370 million.
Food Department’s development budget is Rs 230 million, Livestock and Dairy Development Rs 2,500 million, Industries, Commerce and Investment Rs 2,860 million, while Mines and Mineral Rs 300 million.
From Rs 11,750 million allocation for the Services sector, the Information Technology is to receive Rs 2,000 million , Labour and Human Resource Development Rs 100 million, Transport Rs 7,300 million, Emergency Services Rs 2,100 million and Tourism Rs 250 million.
Miscellaneous budget is Rs 5,890 million, out of which Environment has been allocated Rs 350 million, Information, Culture and Youth Affairs Rs 170 million, Auqaf and Religious Affairs Rs 150 million, Human Rights and Minority Affairs Rs 220 million, and Planning and Development Board Rs 5,000 million.
A grant of Rs 29,200 million has been allocated under Special Programmes/Packages out of which Rs 1,200 million and Rs 3,500 million have been earmarked for Special Infra-Structure( Lahore Ring Road), and District Packages-II for 7 districts @ Rs 500 million each respectively.
A grant of Rs 2000 million has been earmarked for District Packages-I for 8 districts at Rs 250 million each and Rs 1500 million for three medical colleges at Rs 500 million each.
For the first time in Punjab history, a grant of Rs 9,000 million has been allocated to protect the province’s industry from the effects of unscheduled power load-shedding in the budget under Special Package for Coal Based Thermal Power Generation.

 

Rs 220 mln allocated for Human Rights & Minority Affairs

The Punjab government has allocated an amount of Rs 220 million for various schemes of Human Rights and Minority Affairs sector in the budget for the fiscal year 2011-12. An amount of Rs 200 million has been allocated for the on-going schemes for minorities while Rs 15 million will be spent on schemes for creating awareness aboutf human rights. An amount of Rs 5 million has been acllocated for Educational Scholarship to Minority students.

Special package of Rs 9 billion for power generation

The Punjab government has allocated an amount of Rs 9 billion as a special package for Coal Based Thermal Power Generation Projects. According to the Punjab Budget 2011-12 presented in the provincial Assembly here on Friday,  the government has focused on generation of energy to meet the needs of province.

Rs 1,235m allocated for forestry, wildlife, fisheries

A sum of Rs 1,235 million has been earmarked for 36 schemes of forestry, wildlife and fisheries departments in the Punjab budget 2011-12 under the annual development programme. According to the budget report, Rs 470 million will be spent on 18 schemes of forestry including four new and 14 ongoing schemes.

An amount of Rs 395 million has been allocated for 12 development schemes of wildlife department, five of them are new while seven are ongoing schemes.
Similarly, Rs 370 million has been earmarked for six development schemes of fisheries department including two new and four ongoing schemes.

 

Rs 5.36 bln allocated for livestock, industries sectors

The Punjab government has allocated Rs 5.36 billion for Livestock, Industries, Commerce and Investment sectors in the Budget 2011-12 under the annual development programme.  An amount of Rs 2.86 billion has been earmarked for 12 development schemes including five new and seven ongoing schemes of Industries, Commerce and Investment. Similarly, Rs 2.5 billion will be spent on 19 schemes of livestock department including ten new and nine ongoing schemes.

Rs 152.095 million for information, culture and youth affairs

The Punjab Government has allocated Rs 152.095 million for ongoing and new projects in the Information and Culture Department in the budget 2011-12. No forign aid is included in the amount allocated for this sector. According to budget documents, Rs 131.095 will be spent on the ongoing projects.

The projects include construction of information and culture complex at Rawalpindi, re-construction of Murree Arts Council, establishment of museum at Kallar Kahar, construction of Sargodha Arts Council, digitalization and upgradation of library of Lahore Museum etc.
Over Rs 21 million will be spent on new projects. New schemes include preservation and restoration of the tomb of Anarkali, development of parking and public utility area at Shalimar Gardens, construction of conservation lab in Bahawalpur Museum, archaeological survey and documentation of forts and important monuments of Cholistan and rehabilitation and conservation of the shrine of Bibi Jiwani tomb complex at Uch Sharif.

 

Rs 4.5b for Yellow Cab scheme

The Punjab government has allocated Rs 4.5 billion for the Yellow Cab scheme while one billion rupees have been allocated for Lahore Mass Transit System. According to the Annual Development Programme (ADP) of the budget 2011-12 presented here on Friday, an amount of Rs 7.3 billion has been allocated for the transport sector on the whole.

As many as Rs 7.2476 billion has been suggested for new schemes in transport sector while Rs 52.365 million will be spent on regular on-going schemes.
The Punjab government has suggested Rs 100 million for a new project of Multi Model Inter City Bus terminal on Ferozpur Road Lahore, one billion rupees as subsidy for induction of CNG/diesel buses in Urban Transport System and Rs 647.635 million wereallocated for induction of new buses in Lahore Transport Company (LTC).
The government has allocated Rs 40 million in the budget for an ongoing project of Transport Planning Unit in Transport Department and Rs 12.365 million for Lahore Transport Master Plan.

 

Rs 150m for Auqaf & Religious Affairs

The Punjab government has allocated an amount of Rs 150 million for the development of various schemes of Auqaf and Religious Affairs department in the fiscal year 2011-12. According to budget documents, Rs 65 million would be spent on five new schemes while Rs 85 million on six ongoing schemes.

New schemes include restoration/conservation at Mosque Wazir Khan Lahore, construction of mosque at Shrine Hazrat Miran Hussain Zanjani Lahore, construction works at Mosque Eid Gah Block No. 11 Khanewal, construction works at mosque attached to shrine Pir Mohammad Shah Hammbu, Amma, Chiniot and block allocation for new unfunded schemes.
On going schemes includes construction of Seerat Academy Lahore, re-flooring of courtyard of Badshahi Mosque Lahore, rehabilitation/up-gradation of public facilities for visitors/zaireen at Hazrat Madhoo Lal Hussain Lahore, development scheme/up-gradation of public facilities for zaireen at shrine Hazrat Makhdoom Rasheed Multan and construction/restoration of the shrine at Uch Sharif.

 

Rs 350 million allocated for EPD

The Punjab government has allocated Rs 350 million for the environment sector in the budget.  No foreign aid was allocated in the sector. According to ADP, Rs 76 million has been allocated for ongoing programmes while  Rs 274 million will be spent on new programmes for a pollution-free Punjab.

Ongoing projects include capacity building of EPA, capacity building of provincial departments in environment management training, establishment of environmental rescue centre, capacity building of stakeholders for mitigating climate change and development of biodiversity parks.
New schemes include collaboration with educational institutes for research and advancement in environment protection, community-based environment improvement programme and establishment of Air Quality Monitoring System.

 

Punjab govt allocates Rs 36.65 for roads in budget 2011-12

The Punjab government has allocated Rs 36.65 billion for on-going and new projects of rehabilitation and construction of roads in the budget 2011-12. According to the Annual Development Programme of Punjab Budget presented in the Punjab Assembly here on Friday, an amount of Rs 17.932 billion will be spent on rehabilitation and construction of on-going road projects while Rs 18.718 billion on the new roads.

The number of on-going projects is 241 while nine schemes have been including in the ADP. The Punjab government has suggested Rs 4 billion under block allocation for rehabilitation of several provincial roads in the budget while Rs 3.018 billion for fast moving/unfunded and new schemes.
An amount of Rs 2 billion have been allocated for construction of new roads from farms to markets in the province.

 

Rs 7b allocated for LG&CD

The Punjab government has allocated Rs 7 billion for the Local Government and Community Development sector in the annual budget for the next year 2011-12. According to budget documents, the funds would be spend under sub-sectors of LG&CD, Punjab Development Programme (PDP) and Katchi Abadis.

Budget documents added that Rs 1478 million have been allocated for LG&CD, Rs 4,000m for PDP, Rs 1200m for Katchi Abadis and Rs 322m for block allocations.
The amount allocated under Block Allocations would be utilized for any other project.
The Punjab government will also get Rs 700 million for LG&CD sector from foreign aid for ongoing schemes.

 

Punjab sets aside Rs 14,800m for health sector

The government of Punjab has earmarked  a sum of Rs.14,800 million for health sector in the budget. The health allocation is Rs.300 million more than the last year. According to figures, Rs.693.008 million has been fixed for preventive and primary healthcare, Rs.2220.791 million  for accelerated programme for healthcare, Rs.4378.376 million for tretiary care hospitals, Rs.1454.768 million for medical education, Rs.258.058 for research and development in the province, Rs.95 million for devolved projects in the current budget whereas Rs.5700 million  are available in block allocations.

Rs 250m allocated for tourism sector

The Punjab government has allocated an amount of Rs 250 million for the development of Tourism sector in fiscal year 2011-12. According to budget documents, Rs 165 million would be spent on 6 new schemes while Rs 85 million on 5 ongoing schemes.

However, no foreign aid would be obtained for these schemes.
New schemes include revamping existing facilities and provision of missing facilities at Patriata Skyride Project, development of tourism at Kallar Kahar, provision of boundary wall at proposed site of tourism complex at Trade Centre, Johar Town Lahore, development of tourism resort at Nankana Sahib, development of tourism village near Derawar Fort Cholistan, district Bahawalpur and Block Allocation for fast moving/unfunded and new schemes.
Ongoing schemes include provision of tourist facilities in Murree, surveys and studies to prepare Master Plan to develop Murree as a pollution-free tourist town,renovation/ up-gradation of Chairlift-cable car system at Patriata Murree (Phase-II), bus terminal at Nankana Sahib and renovation and up-gradation of Lal Sohanra Resort Bahawalpur.

Rs 1.2 bln allocated for low cost housing

Punjab Government has allocated an amount of Rs 1.2 billion to develop low cost housing schemes across the province during next fiscal year 2011-12.According to the budget documents, government will develop 1,200 plots besides 3 Marla low cost houses in various areas.An amount of Rs 985 mln has been allocated for Area Development Schemes (ADS), Rs 185 mln for 3-Marla housing schemes and Rs 30 mln have been reserved under the head of Block Allocation and for the rehabilitation/maintenance of ADS schemes.

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