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Opposition creates ruckus in Sindh Assembly as CM Murad presents budget

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah is presented the budget for the fiscal year 2021-22 at the provincial assembly Tuesday, as Opposition lawmakers shout slogans and taunt the chief minister.

The total volume of the Sindh budget is Rs1.4 trillion.

Wearing headphones as he gripped a microphone in his hand, the chief minister shouted to drown out the reverberating shouts of Opposition lawmakers, who did their utmost to disrupt the chief minister.

Speaking about the pandemic, the chief minister said a comprehensive response by the provincial government had been prepared to battle the pandemic. He announced that the Sindh government was allocating Rs24.72bn to counter the adverse impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said that Rs18.32bn have been recommended to buy medicines throughout the year, adding that the provincial government has also agreed to create 964 new posts for the health sector.

The chief minister announced that the Sindh government had allocated Rs2bn to procure PPE and PCR testing kits.

Murad said the $400mn had been estimated as the total cost of Sindh Human Capital Projects, which he said is a comprehensive package by the World Bank in collaboration with the Sindh government.

Earlier, Geo News had reported that no new tax will be imposed in the Sindh budget, while Rs105 billion has been proposed for law and order, Rs172 billion for health, Rs215 billion for school education and Rs25 billion for college education.

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