SURKHET:- The Karnali State government has presented a budget of Rs 33.74 billion for the fiscal year 2020/21. Unveiling the budget, Economic Affairs and Planning Minister of the State Prakash Jwala said that the budget has special policy and programmes to combat COVID-19 outbreak and creating employment in the state.
The government has decided to operate a fund of Rs 1.50 billion for COVID-19 control programmes to fight against the deadly pandemic facing the country including the State. The budget has reduced various expenditures realizing the crisis caused by the pandemic. Of the total budget, 57 per cent is allocated towards capital expenditure, 34 per cent towards current and nine percent towards fiscal transfer. The budget has reduced different heading of allowances.
The size of the State’s upcoming year’s budget is less by Rs 600 million against the current fiscal year and has focused on making it effective in generating employment and reducing unnecessary allowances.
The government has announced to provide Rs 100,000 to a family of COVID-19 victim in the State. The new budget has focused on strengthening the health sector with new kind of infrastructures development. It has aimed to upgrade State hospital to 300-bed teaching hospital, establishing a trauma centre at Rakam of Dailekh, operating mobile health service and telemedicine services in different places in the state.
Nine percent of total budget is allocated in health sector. It has further managed 100 per cent allowances to health workers and doctors involved in controlling COVID-19 pandemic.
Similarly, it has allocated 20 per cent budget in generating employment with slogan of make ‘own village-self-reliant’. It has continued chief minister employment programme targeting returnee migrant workers. The budget continues infrastructure development programmes running since previous budget.
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