ISLAMABAD: The annual budgetary allocations for the Presidency and the Prime Minister’s Secretariat have been fixed at Rs863 million and Rs881 million, respectively, showing an upward movement of 7.8% and 4.7% for fiscal year 2016-17.
According to the budget document, Rs881.5 million have been allocated for the PM Secretariat against the original Rs842 million of the outgoing financial year, which was later revised to Rs859.8 million, implying an upward revision of 4.7% in the new budget against the current fiscal year’s original budget.
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Noticeably, the annual budget for the PM House was not specified separately while Rs286.7 million have been set aside under ‘staff and household’ and ‘wages of household servants’ heads. Additionally, Rs4 million have been allocated for ‘presents and charities’ in the new fiscal year, against Rs2.5 million set aside in the outgoing financial year. Rs750,000 have been allocated for the employees retirement benefits while Rs2.8 million are specified under the head of PM’s tour expenses (domestic). The PM secretariat’s budget in the fiscal year 2014-15 was Rs779 million.
Allocated at Rs 863.48 million, the Presidency’s annual budget for upcoming financial year shows an increase of nearly 8 percent (7.8 per cent exactly) against Rs801 million originally earmarked in the outgoing financial year, revised at Rs918 million. In the new budget, Rs10 million have been set aside for the president’s salary and Rs1.2 million for presents and charities.
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Like PM house, the president house’s budget has not been specified in the upcoming financial year’s budgetary allocations but Rs192 million have been allocated for president’s ‘household and staff’ and a separate amount of Rs80 million is allocated for the ‘wages of household servants’. As many as Rs13 million have been earmarked for the president’s tours and transportation. The presidency’s annual budget in the financial year 2014-15 was Rs743 million.
Contrary to repeated statements made by government functionaries claiming to abolish the PM’s discretionary fund, Rs1 million have been allocated under the discretionary grant for the premier’s as well as the president’s office.
Courtesy : Express Tribune