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Sindh govt unveils budget for FY22 with Rs1.47tr outlay, announces Rs25,000 minimum wage

The PPP-led Sindh government has presented 'deficit' annual budget with estimated outlay of Rs1.477 trillion with focus on development.

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Sindh govt unveils budget for FY22 with Rs1.47tr outlay, announces Rs25,000 minimum wage
Sindh govt unveils budget for FY22 with Rs1.47tr outlay, announces Rs25,000 minimum wage

Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, who is also the Finance Minister Sindh, has begun his speech in English language amid noise of the opposition members. He said the annual budget is 19.1 per cent more in total outlay as compared to the budget of previous fiscal year. 

Opposition members are carrying placards and banners inscribed with anti-government slogans. Shah said the annual budget is a budget with estimated deficit of Rs25 .7 billion, adding the province is expected to have provincial receipts of Rs329 billion. The current expenditure for the next fiscal is estimated at Rs1.08 trillion in the new fiscal year.

The chief minister said the government has decided to reduce annual expenditure up to 34 per cent in the next fiscal year and adopt simplicity in the affairs of governance. There is no new tax proposed in the budget.

“A grant of Rs82 billion for local bodies councils has been reserved, while an amount of Rs10 billion has been allocated for law and order and police in the budget,” Shah said.

The government has proposed Rs222 billion with 43 per cent increase for the Annual Development Programme (ADP) out of which 57 percent amount will be spent on education, health and social sector.

The Sindh will receive Rs848 billion share under the federal divisible pool.

For education the government has allocated Rs277 billion and for health an amount of Rs172 billion has been earmarked.  

The government has enhanced minimum wage from Rs17,500 to Rs25,000 for unskilled labours and announced 25 per cent raise in pays of government servants. In order to remove disparity between the pays of government officials and minimum wage of Rs25,000, the Sindh government will give personal allowance except police to the government servants.   

Shah said a comprehensive response by the provincial government had been prepared to battle the Corona pandemic, announcing allocation of Rs24.72 billion to counter the adverse impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

"An amount of Rs18.32bn have been recommended to buy medicines throughout the year, and that the provincial government has also agreed to create 964 new posts for the health sector." 

The chief minister announced that the government had allocated Rs2 billion to procure PPE and PCR testing kits. 

The government has proposed Rs14 billion for transport, Rs75 billion for local bodies and Rs53 billion for the irrigation department. 

Other alllocations include Rs3 billion for agriculture, Rs16 billion for citizens' welfare, Rs3 billion for industrial development, and Rs30.9 billion for the social protection of the poor and their ecoonmic stability. 

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Pakistan: Daily COVID-19 cases drop below 2,000

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves.

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Pakistan: Daily COVID-19 cases drop below 2,000

Islamabad: Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio decreased to 4.10% from more than 11% a couple of weeks ago.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,897 cases of coronavirus were reported while 81 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,327. The daily Covid-19 positivity rate in Pakistan is at 4.22%.

The total number of cases has reached 1,227,905.

As many as 1,137,656 patients have recovered from the disease with 4,846 critical cases.

Punjab            

The number of patients swelled to 423,670 in the province with 12,449 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 451,448 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,289.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 171,589 in the province with 5,426 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,772 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 33,821 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 733. On the other hand, there are 10,257 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 104,348 cases in the capital city while 904 people have lost their lives.

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Residing in London, Nawaz Sharif gets COVID-19 jab in Lahore

As per reports quoting sources, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President’s corona vaccine was entered by a vaccinator named Naveed Altaf.

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Residing in London, Nawaz Sharif gets COVID-19 jab in Lahore

According to GNN, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been partially vaccinated against novel coronavirus at Govt Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital in Lahore.

GNN obtained Former Prime Minister’s COVID-19 vaccine status, according to which he has received the first jab of Sinovac-CoronaVac and has been summoned for the second dose on October 20, 2021.

As per reports quoting sources, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Supremo’s corona vaccine status was entered by a vaccinator named Naveed Altaf.

“The staff of vaccinators under the District Health Authority are making a haul by entering false vaccination status, without even injecting the jab,” added sources.

The sources further added that status of thousands of people is being falsely entered on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, the Punjab health department took notice of the negligence by the Kot Khwaja Saeed vaccination centre and started an investigation against the centre.

It is pertinent to mention here that the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to act against individuals involved in preparing fake COVID vaccination certificates.

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‘Covid fourth wave’: Pakistan's coronavirus positivity rate falls to 5.45%

Islamabad: Pakistan is witnessing daily surge in COVID-19 cases with authorities linking the upswing to the deadly fourth wave. Today country’s positivity rate is on 5.45%.

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As per National Command and Control Center (NCOC), Pakistan conducted a total of 57,792 tests in the last 24 hours.

Around 3,153 cases of coronavirus were reported while 58 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,720.

As per the command centre, total confirmed cases are 1,204,520 whereas 5,370 are under critical care.

Punjab              

The number of patients swelled to 413,182 in the province with 12,211 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 444,464 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,133.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 168,258 in the province with 5,250 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,569 confirmed cases while 342 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 33,268 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 718. On the other hand, there are 10,162 cases in GB with 179 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 102,617 cases in the capital city while 887 people have lost their lives.

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