Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNAs Mir Munawwar Talpur, Nawab Yousuf Talpur and Ejaz Hussain Jakhrani and former Senator Maula Bux Chandio had felicitated the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and the rest of the Sindh Cabinet for presenting a pro-masses annual fiscal budget for the term 2015-16.
In a statement issued from PPP Media Cell Sindh, they said no better budget could be presented amid ongoing tough scenario and challenges like terrorism, deteriorated law and order and enhanced energy crisis in the province.
They said though Sindh had been on the forefront of war on terror but the federal government that launched targeted operation in Karachi along with assurances of provisioning the expenses to be accrued on this operation, Sindh government alone met the expenses while the Prime Minister did not keep his commitment in this regard.
They said the Sindh government had laid more than 7.39 trillion in the budget beside a deficit of revenue worth Rs. 12.72 billion.
They said unlike other province, Sindh government had announced 10 percent increase in pay of public servants along with an increase of 25 percent in their medical allowances.
They said the PPP-led Sindh government had no comparison on creation of job opportunities and during 2015-16, more jobs would be created and in this regard, a total of 25000 new jobs would be created of which 15000 would be for Police department, 1464 would be for Education Department, 718 for judicial system and contractual jobs would be created for Health Department.
They said the PPP-led Sindh government had also fixed Rs13000 as minimum wages of a labour, which was higher than any province. Sindh government had allocated highest amounts for education and in this regard, Rs.144.67 billion had been earmarked, which would also include a development budget of Rs.13.2 billion.
They said Sindh government had earmarked Rs.49.73 billion for development in Karachi while Rs.64.45 had been allocated for greater water projects, S-III and S-IV. Police Department would get Rs.61.8 billion and Rs.2.44 would be for Rangers. The development budget had been increased from Rs.10.7 billion to Rs.13.2 billion while allocations of education had also been increased.
They said the opposition had protested on the budget because they had nothing to give to the masses while the PPP had a full determination to serve the people.