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KP Assembly passes budget 2019-20

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly on Wednesday passed the budget for 2019-20 fiscal year despite the ruckus of opposition in the assembly.

On June 18, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government had unveiled a new surplus budget for the fiscal year 2019-20 with a record outlay of over Rs900 billion.

At the outset of the budget session of the assembly, the opposition started chanted slogans to halt the government from passing the budget.

PPP member Nighat Orakzai exchanged barbs with Provincial Minister Sheram Turkai.

The speaker continued the proceeding of the assembly despite opposition protest and the budget was passed.

The  KP government had reduced salaries of cabinet members by 12 percent as part of austerity measures in the budget.

Presenting the budget, Finance Minister Taimur Saleem had said that Rs180 billion had been allocated for the Annual Development Programme which is a record.

It may be recalled that opposition in the KP assembly had also recorded their strong protest on June 18, the day provincial budget was presented in the assembly.

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