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June 22, 2013

Balochistan situation to improve within three months: Malik

World

June 22, 2013

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said on Friday that he would not make tall claims but would try his utmost to improve the situation in the restive province within three months.
Addressing the post-budget press conference here at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, the chief minister reiterated his pledge to implement the election manifesto in its true letter and spirit to achieve the goal of development and resolve other problems being confronted by the province.
He said that no allocation of development funds had been made for the members of the provincial assembly in the next financial year 2013-14 budget.
However, the funds would be utilised on the development schemes to be identified by the concerned administrative department and the MPA of the area where the scheme would be meant for, he added.
He asserted that he would not be making revolutionary claims but would bring about a positive change in all the sectors gradually.Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, on the occasion, also pledged to resolve the public problems on priority basis, bringing discipline in the government departments. He vowed to give results within three months.
The chief minister said that the government was reviewing to convene a donors’ conference in Balochistan in which foreign investors and international NGOs would be invited. “We will make them realize that every person coming from outside isnot killed in Balochistan,” he said.
Speaking about the new budget, he said that the volume of the new budget is Rs198.39 billion for 2013-14. The investment related expenditure is Rs37.134 billion, while Rs43.913 billion has been allocated for development. He added that the total income of the province is Rs190.453 billion and maintained that his government would make all possible efforts to increase the income and reduce the expenditures. not killed in Balochistan,” he said.
Speaking about the new budget, he said that the volume of the new budget is

Rs198.39 billion for 2013-14. The investment related expenditure is Rs37.134 billion, while Rs43.913 billion has been allocated for development. He added that the total income of the province is Rs190.453 billion and maintained that his government would make all possible efforts to increase the income and reduce the expenditures.
Commenting on the Rs7.94 billion deficit in the Balochistan budget, the chief minister asserted that the gape of the budget deficit would be bridged through austerity measures, reducing the non-development expenditures in addition to ensure financial discipline in all the government departments.
The chief minister said that in the new budget, priorities have been given to education, health and law and order. He added: We have to make the education sector more effective while in law and order sector, we are committed to improve the law and order situation by strengthening the law enforcement agencies and improving their performance further.
Regarding Balochistan problems, particularly unemployment in the province, Dr Malik said that his government has allocated 4,493 new jobs for the unemployed youths. He added that his government was making all possible efforts to overcome the unemployment issue in Balochistan.
To a question regarding the development schemes, initiated during the successive governments, the chief minister said that an inquiry committee has been formed to probe the development schemes in the province.