A pre-budget session was organized by the provincial government at University of Turbat (UoT) on 6th March, 2020. Provincial Finance Minister Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi presided over the session. The pre-budget session was also attended by UoT’s Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Abdul Razzaq Sabir, Finance Secretary Noor Ul Haq Baloch, MPA Lala Rasheed, Secretary Industries Hafiz Abdul Majid, UoT’s Registrar Ghulam Farooq Baloch, Commissioner Makran Division Tariq Qamar Baloch, Deputy Commissioner Kech Major (R) Ilyas Gibzai, university administration, faculty members, economists, civil society representatives, educationist, Journalists and UoT students at large number.
Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi said “budget is not merely the name of the statistics, but it is a broad subject which based on the socio-economic aspects and the needs of the people to uplift their living standard, which includes annual revenues and expenditures.
Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi said that his government has allocated a significant amount in the provincial budget for education and health as well as social sector development so that the economic condition of the people of Balochistan can be improved. Responding the questions raised by the participants on budget, he said that his government has taken revolutionary steps for the development of agriculture sector and the expansion plan of the command area of the Mirani Dam will be included in the next budget. After the completion of the project, the agriculture production of Makran will be increased substantially. Highlighting the government's policy in the field of education, he said that his government has demanded 9 per cent scholarships from Higher Education Commission (HEC) for the people of Balochistan in the light of the NFC Award.
Speaking on the occasion Noor Ul Haq Baloch said that the budget plays a very important role in the development of the province and prosperity of the people.
In response to a question, he said “Balochistan government is going to launch a comprehensive program for the development of small and medium businesses. Under this program the people will be provided loan to start their business. After the implementation on this program 175,000 people will be employed in the province.”
Hafiz Abdul Majid said that we can achieve our goals by increasing our economic growth, and by establishing industrial zones in Hub and Bostan the economic activities will be increased.
The participants asked the questions on budget issues during the session which were satisfactorily answered by the Finance Minister, Secretary Finance and Secretary Industries. Mir Zahoor Buledi assured that the proposals and suggestions of the participants will be incorporated in next provincial budget. At the end souvenir and commemorative shields were presented to the guests.