Sindh CM vows to meet targets set in budget for next financial year

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Saturday that despite the fact that the provincial government had to announce the budget in difficult circumstances, still it was committed to meeting the targets it had set in it for the next financial year (FY) 2024-25.

Addressing post-budget press conference here, the chief minister said the Sindh government had long-term goals in mind while announcing the budget.

He said the provincial government would complete development projects worth Rs1,000 billion.

He lamented that the federal government had imposed a ban on new development schemes for the province. “Why did the Center did this to us is beyond my comprehension?,” the CM questioned, adding the Sindh government’s focus would now remain on completing the existing development projects.

Murad said that 52 per cent of the Sindh budget was spent on the payment of salaries to the provincial government employees.

He vowed to provide clean drinking water to each and every person in the province. “The government has allocated over Rs8 billion for the ‘Hari Card’,” the CM said.

Admitting that the provincial government had failed to achieve the required economic growth rate in the last FY, the chief minister said it looked difficult that the government would be able to achieve the target of 3.5 per cent it had set for the next financial year.

However, he went on to say, the provincial government would do its best to meet the target.

The CM said that measures had been enumerated in the budget the Sindh government intended to take for the rehabilitation of flood-affected people.

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