Budget for next fiscal year estimated at Rs 4,800 billion

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – The budget for next fiscal year (2017-2018) that will be announced on May 26 has been estimated at Rs 4,800 billion by the government.

Sources told that Rs 866 billion has been suggested to allocate for development projects including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) whereas the budget deficit will be around Rs 1500 billion.

About 10 to 15 percent increase is expected in the salaries and pensions of government officials.

On the other hand, Rs 94 billion has been reserved for Interior Ministry, Rs 37 billion for Cabinet Division, Rs 11 billion for Aviation Division, Rs 48 crore for Prime Minister Secretariat whereas President House will get Rs 45 crore for expenses.

The Law Ministry will be given almost Rs 7 billion, Trade Ministry Rs 33 billion, Information Ministry Rs 298 billion while Ministry of Education and Training and Higher Education Commission will be allotted Rs 4 billion and Rs 80 billion respectively.

Earlier on Tuesday, Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar said the development drive and the federal budget for the coming fiscal year would focus on generating 6% gross domestic product growth (GDP).

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