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Security Ministry to get bulk of revised budget

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2017 | 4:50 PM

Jovan Johnson, Parliamentary Reporter

The Government is to increase programmed spending by almost $13 billion for this fiscal year and almost half of this amount will go towards National Security Ministry as the authorities struggle to contain murders.

However, the capital budget for the education, youth and information ministry, has been cut.

This is contained in the first Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure for the 2016/2017 fiscal year that was tabled in the House of Representatives this afternoon.

At $593 billion, the revised budget represents a two per cent increase or approximately $13 billion more than the $580 billion national budget that the Parliament approved last May.

Almost half of the increase – about $5.9 billion – will go to the security ministry.

Of that amount, almost $3 billion will go to the ministry's capital budget which has been doubled to $5 billion.

The capital budget is for spending on projects.

The bulk of the allocation will go towards the purchase and overhaul of aircraft and ships for the Jamaica Defence Force.

It's being proposed to increase the recurrent expenditure of the Jamaica Constabulary Force by $2 billion to $34.6 billion from the $32.8 billion approved last year.

Meanwhile, the transport ministry's capital budget will also jump by $1 billion to approximately $2.3 billion.

The additional money has been set aside for the purchase and maintenance of buses for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company.

The Portmore Transportation Hub initiative will also benefit.

Revised Budget 2016/2017

- $13 million increase in national budget
- $8.6 billion will go towards capital spending, that is, spending projects
- $4 billion will go to regular expenses.
- $368.2 billion for non-debt expenditure, moving from $363.9 billion
- $224 billion for debt service, moving from $216.019 billion