Balochistan not ignored in federal budget: CM

By APP
June 13, 2024
Balochistan Chief Minister Sarfraz Bugti speaks in this still taken from a video. — X/PakSarfrazbugti/File

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti on Wednesday said that Balochistan was not overlooked in the federal budget.

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“I presented Balochistan’s case at the federal level, provided suggestions, and ensured the inclusion of several schemes in the federal budget,” he said on Wednesday. “Balochistan has always felt neglected in terms of allocation, but many projects for the province have been reinstated in the federal budget.”

The chief minister also mentioned that a decision has been made to introduce 67 reforms for all departments, including the food department.

“Since the wheat procurement issue is currently under judicial consideration, it would be inappropriate to comment on it,” he added.

He emphasised that he had always respected the courts and does not consider court summons to be a humiliation.

Bugti acknowledged that Balochistan has always had complaints about the lack of attention to its allocations, but many of its projects have been included again in the federal budget.

“The provincial government is determined to prepare a people-friendly budget for Balochistan, focusing on education, health and student scholarships,” he said, adding that efforts are being made to generate resources to increase Balochistan’s own revenue.

He said that restoring law and order in Quetta and across Balochistan was a priority of the incumbent government. “Reforms are underway to eliminate street crime, and improvements are expected to be seen in the coming months.”

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