85pc budget of Balochistan spent on officials' pay: Bizenjo.

QUETTA -- Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo has said that 85 per cent of the provincial budget is spent on payment of salaries of government employees and the provincial government is left with little funds to spend on development projects of the province to bring it on a par with other provinces of the country.

Speaking at a function organised by the provincial government here on Friday to hand over reinstatement of job letters to 300 employees of the Communications and Works Department, the chief minister said the province had no enough funds to spend on the Annual Development Programme of Balochistan.

'We are far behind other provinces of the country as far as development projects are concerned due to lack of resources and funds to develop the province,' he said.

Mr Bizenjo said that before 2010, Balochistan used to get very little share in the NFC award on the basis of population and the government was barely able even to pay salaries of its civil servants.

Reinstatement letters given to 300 govt employees

Now, he said, the situation had improved a little bit and the province had some resources to allocate funds for its PSDP.

'When we took over the government, we got a legacy of protests and sit-ins, which we ended by holding talks with protesters and by listening to their genuine grievances. The work done in one year of our government is unprecedented in Balochistan,' Mr Bizenjo said.

'The first priority of my government is to provide jobs to the people...

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