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| Balochistan to spend Rs. 3 billion on Edu, Health sectors|
| Updated at: 0311 PST, Tuesday, June 22, 2010|
QUETTA: Balochistan Government would spend an amount of Rs.3 billion for the uplift of Education and Health sectors of Balochistan during the next fiscal year.
This was stated by the provincial Finance Minister Mir Asim Kurd Gailo during his budget speech here at the session of the provincial assembly.
He added that the literacy rate in Balochistan was only 34 % compared to the National Scale of 52 %. The female literacy rate in rural areas of the province was only 10%. He revealed that out of 1,100,000 primary school going children in rural areas of Balochistan, some 700,000 lack access to the school.
The minister said that the Provincial Government had allocated an amount of Rs. 1 billion to coup up with the missing facilities in educational institutions.
Out of this amount Rs.200 million has been allocated for purchase of furniture, Rs.400 million for repair and renovation of schools and a sum of Rs.200 million for repair and renovations of colleges of the province.
In order to promote higher education among women the government has allocated Rs. 110 million which would be spent on renovation and provision of facilities to Girl Colleges in the province.
The minister said that in order to overcome the staff shortage issue in the educational institutions the Provincial Government had also decided to dedicate 5,000 posts provided by the Federal Government under Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package to Education Sector.
We have also created nearly 2000 fresh positions in Education Department with the commitment to address Single Teacher School dilemma.
Highlighting the measures taken by the government for the promotion of education in the province the minister added that 111 New Primary Schools have been established in the rural areas of the province, some 109 Primary Schools have been upgraded as Middle Schools and 108 Middle Schools as High, 14 new Inter Colleges have been established which have resumed Degree classes in 4 such institutions by up gradation.
Moreover, three Cadet Colleges in Pishin, Killa Saifullah and Jaffarabad have been made functional. The development work with regard to remaining Cadet Colleges in the province is in progress.
The Minister said that the Provincial Government was facing enormous challenges in Health Sector. Lack of medicines, missing facilities, paucity of resources, ill trained staff and absenteeism have been badly affecting the positive growth in this Sector.
The Infant Mortality Rate in Balochistan is 158 out of 1000 newly born children, which are worst in the developing world.
Similarly 4 out of 10 children in the rural areas are underweight due to food insecurities. Indeed a healthy society leads to a sustainable progress. Keeping this in mind our Provincial Government has decided to intervene and has allocated sufficient resources to coup up the missing facilities :-
In order to ensure provision of medicines to the poor people of the province, the resources have been raised from 290 million to 1,300 million.
Similarly to remove the deficiency of machinery and equipment particularly in the periphery, an amount of Rs. 1,000 million has been allocated during coming financial year.
An amount of Rs. 100 million has been allocated for repair and renovation of health institutions through out the province.
Under the provincial PSDP the government has upgraded 8 Civil Dispensaries as Basic Health Units (BHU), 14 BHUs have been upgraded as Rural Health Centers (RHC), One RHC has been upgraded a District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ), Two 50 bedded Hospitals each are being constructed by Worker Welfare Board and the Provincial Government.
Similarly, 14 new RHCs and 31 BHUs are being constructed by the Provincial Government in the PSDP, the Cardiac Unit in the Sandeman Provincial Hospital has been made functional, the construction on 50 bedded Hospital each at Panjgur, Kalat, Much and Kuchlak is in progress and a 100 bedded hospital is being constructed in Mastung.