KP health budget increased by 43pc: Jhagra
Says 15 hospitals built, 3,500 beds added to existing setups in 5 years
PESHAWAR: Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra Wednesday said that the health budget has been increased by 43 percent on an annual basis, which is unprecedented.
Jhagra said this while speaking here at the floor of the provincial assembly.
“We have not compromised on our development budget. We have built 15 new hospitals in the last 5 years. Almost 3,500 beds have been added to the existing setups, while the health sector has taken on a new dimension/direction under the MTI Act,” he said.
He said, “2,000 health professionals have been recruited to fight the corona epidemic, while 18,000 health professionals have registered under the Locum scheme.
He said that coronavirus pandemic has caused economic crisis around the world and it was challenging to keep the development budget of 2020-21 the same as the previous year’s budget, but the provincial government did so.
He claimed that the budget of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been better in all aspects, and it is being praised by all. He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s budget has been on top among rest of the provinces in terms of development budget, per capita development spending, increase in health budget, per capita health spending and reform agenda, as is evident in an independent source’s review report about all provinces’ budget.
Referring to Net Hydel Profit (NHP), he said that the Chief Minister is actively involved in the matter and is constantly in touch with the Federal government. Prior to the epidemic, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa used to receive Rs3 billion a month from the center in this regard, he said and hoped that the issue will be resolved very soon.
He said that the ban on the supply of wheat and flour to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from Punjab has been lifted, and all check posts set up for this purpose, have also been removed.
Responding to a question from an opposition lawmaker, Taimur Jhagra said that more should be spent in education sector on the management and teaching staff, as they are directly related to service delivery and promotion of education. Recruitment is being done on merit through NTS, and there has been no political influence.
“In addition to setting up 500 community schools in the province, we are working with the private sector for improving and strengthening poor performance schools and launching second shift in better performance schools,” he said.
Jhagra said that Karak and Kohat are getting gas royalty, and other districts are also being provided full portions of their Annual Development Program.
The finance minister informed the members that the provincial government is paying equal attention to the constituencies of the opposition members the same as those of the government members, and every district is getting its share in the ADP.
Addressing the assembly session, he said that more development budget had been spent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this year as compared to Sindh and Punjab and the funds received from the Federal and the revenue generated by the province had been completely spent. - TLTP