Rs1,485 million allocated for new district of Upper Chitral

PESHAWAR: The KP government has approved Rs1,485 million for the newly-created district of Upper Chitral.

The approval was given by Provincial Finance Commission of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at its 11th meeting held under the chairmanship of KP Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra.

While bifurcating the budget for Lower Chitral and Upper Chitral, the deputy commissioner had been intimated to separate the share of Chitral district on account of salary, non-salary, grant to local councils and development grant.

For the financial year 2019-20, the commission decided to continue with last year’s provincial finance commission formulas, through which 60 per cent of resources will be distributed amongst the districts on the basis of population.

A further 20 per cent will be distributed on the basis of poverty while the remaining 20 per cent will go to districts to shore up infrastructure there.

The commission recommended approval of the budget provisions for the districts of newly-merged areas for the next financial year, 5 percent annual incremental increase in salary and 10 percent increase on the non-salary component for the merged districts was also recommended.

For the establishment of 25 Tehsil Municipal Administration in newly-merged areas, a grant of Rs542.617 million as one-time operational grant during the next financial year was also approved.

An operational grant of Rs175 million for the establishment of district and village/neighbourhood councils in newly-merged areas Rs25 million per unit/district was also approved.

The commission recommended approval of Rs4 billion to merged districts in the developmental programme for the fiscal year, 2019-20.

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