imagePESHAWAR: The main features and highlights of Khyber Pakthunkhwa budget for fiscal year 2016-17 announced by Provincial Finance Minister Muzaffar Said advocate is explained below.

– The budget's total outlay is Rs 505 billion.

– The budget is tax free and balanced, carrying Rs161bn development outlay

– Creation of 36232 new jobs proposed

– Minimum wage for labourers fixed at Rs 14,000

– Salaries, pension of Government employees up by 10 percent.

– Merger of 10 percent interim allowance 2013 and 2014 into the basic running pay of KP Govt employees announced

– 25 per cent increase in pension of KP Govt employees having more than 85 years age announced

– The rise in salaries, pension and allowance would cost Rs. 14.20 billion to provincial exchequer

– Increase in minimum wage from Rs. 13,000 to 14,000 of the labourers besides regularization of services of 13200 LHWs announced – Proposal for appointment of 1088 vaccinators at Union Councils presented

– 3 years extension in the contractual services of 11000 personnel of special police force announced

– The miscellaneous allowance of the Qasid, Nabi Qasid and Daftari increased from Rs. 300 to Rs. 450.

– The employees from BPS 1-15 working after the duty hours to get 50 percent rise in the conveyance allowance

– The washing and Dress allowances of BPS 1-4 increased from 100 to 150 rupees and Rs. 2500 M.Phil allowance announced for provincial employees

– The upper limit of additional charge allowance and deputation allowance increased from Rs. 6000, to 12,000.

– 50 percent rise under the head of qualification pay for CIMA, ACCA, SMC, NDC, NMC, ICWA, ICMA, CA and MCMC announced

– Rs 1000 allowance per month for disabled persons

– KP to get Rs 17199m as net hydel profit and Rs, 18704 million as arrears of net hydel profit – Rs33 billion allocated for local governments

– Rs600 million for extension in Gomal Zam Dam project earmarked

– Upward revision in taxes including token tax fees, tax ration on luxury cars being enhanced from Rs5000 to Rs6500 proposed

– The mutation fee is being enhanced from 2 percent to 2.5 percent and Rs300 fee proposed for non prohibited bore and Rs1500 for prohibited bore weapons.

– Special measures for transgender including their proper registration and payment of monthly honorarium announced

– A total 1516 development projects would be executed including 1199 ongoing and 255 new ones in next fiscal.

– Rs 111.52 billion allocated for Education allocated, showing an increase of 15 percent over the out going fiscal

– Rs. 38.42 billion for Health earmarked, showing 28 percent increase over the corresponding year

– Rs. 32.94 billion for police allocated – Districts Govts and TMAs to get Rs8.66bln each – Village/neigbourhood councils to get Rs10.91bln

– Rs3.42 billion for irrigation and Rs.1.97 billion for Technical education and manpower training allocated

– Rs294.22 billion allocated for welfare portion which is 61 per cent of the total budget

– Rs49.78 billion for administrative budget and Rs. 161 billion for development program which is 22 per cent of ADP

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