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South Punjab budget increases to Rs70b

LAHORE – Senior Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister, Sardar Zulfiqar Khan Khosa has said that the PML-N government has increased volume of the budget up to Rs 45 billion in the last three years and the CM has allocated more funds for South Punjab in the next fiscal year compared to its population.

Talking to a delegation of MPAs here on Sunday, he said that the population of South Punjab was 31 percent of Punjab’s total population but government had allocated 32 percent funds (Rs 70 billion) of total development funds (Rs 220 billion) for the region.

He said that PML-N leadership was fully committed to providing more resources to South Punjab and every possible step was being taken for the purpose.

He said that Rs 25.75 billion had been earmarked for the 11 districts of South Punjab in the budget of 2008-09, while Rs 70 billion had been allocated for that region in the coming fiscal.

He said this huge increase in the development budget of South Punjab was a vivid reflection of the commitment of PML-N leadership with the people living in this far-off region of Punjab.

He said that PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif and CM Shahbaz Sharif were taking great interest for the development and progress of under-privileged areas especially of the South Punjab.

He alleged that the former rulers had paralysed the socio-economic activities in South Punjab by adopting bogus policies during their dictatorial rule and now they had become the so-called advocates of South Punjab.

He said that equal distribution of resources to all areas under an identical system, had been ensured in next year’s budget.

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