Sindh govt to present budget for fiscal year 2020-21

The budget for the next fiscal year 2020-21, will be presented in the Sindh Assembly on Wednesday.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah presided over a cabinet session at the CM House to review the budget recommendations.

In the meeting, the cabinet gave approval for raising the salaries of government employees by 10 %, according to the provincial government spokesperson, the News International reported.

The budget session will begin at 2 p.m., where Shah, who also holds the portfolio of provincial finance minister, will present the outlay.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the rules of the Assembly were slightly altered so the members could attend the session virtually from their homes.

According to sources, only 25% of the lawmakers will attend the session in person.

Special measures have been taken ahead of the session to ensure the safety of the lawmakers as only those MPAs will be allowed inside who have tested negative for the virus.

Among other recommendations in the budget documents, Rs 5 billion has been allocated to deal with the pandemic.

The documents showed that there was no new agricultural research scheme in the provincial budget.

The recommendations also included the allocation of Rs 7.2 billion for the Malir Expressway and Rs 1.86 billion for the Karachi-Thatta double-track road.