2019/2020 National Budget: Four ministries’ budget increases

THE 2019-2020 is a smaller budget compared with its predecessor with only four ministries’ getting a raise in its budget allocations.

This includes the Ministry of Defence and National Security, Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Sugar Industry as well as the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

The highest increment was seen in the budget allocation for the Ministry of Defence and National Security with an allocation of $16.5 million compared with $6.3m in the 2018-2019 National Budget.

Total expenditure for the ministry for the 2018-2019 fiscal years stood at $17.5m.

This was largely in the areas of operating grants and transfers.

For the Ministry of Sugar, the budget allocation increased a total of $8m from 2018-2019 National Budget.

The ministry was allocated $70m, which saw the area of capital purchase increase to $5.9m for the purchase of trucks which is marked under requisition.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services had a rise of exactly $14.8m with $303m allocated to total operating expenditure while total capital saw a decrease to $34.7m from $60.4m from the 2018-2019 National Budget estimates.

Whereas the Ministry of Communications according to the 2019-2020 National Budget estimates saw an allocation increment of $9.6m which brought the total to $74.6m compared with $64.9m allocated last year.

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