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Provincial financial crisis discussed in BA session

QUETTA: Burgeoning Financial Crisis echoed in Balochistan Assembly Session on Friday as Provincial Government complaining on distribution of funds under National Finance Commission (NFC) calling immediate attention of Federal Government to assist the province.

Starting the debate on the financial crisis hanging over the Provincial Government Provincial Minister for Information Mir Zahoor Buledi said, without having the privilege, last provincial government led by Qudus Bizenjo presented provincial budget with deficit of 75 billion rupees which has increased the financial woes for incumbent government.

“Now the Provincial Government has merely 880 million rupees for Province’s Public Sector Development Program (PSDP), under grievous financial crisis we have been looking towards Federal Government how they will assist us.” Zahoor Buledi said.

“There should have been National Finance Commission (NFC)’s session in five years, our province didn’t receive NFC’s share from last three years but we have decided to clinch our major share in next NFC meeting.” Zahoor Buledi said adding we will utilize our utmost efforts to get one time grant from Prime Minister Imran Khan during his visit.

Lamenting over the mistreatment of Federal Government with Balochistan from 70 years BNP Mengal’s Parliamentarian Leader Sana Baloch said, ironically the province having 44% land of Pakistan and rich with mineral resources have merely 880 million rupees for development,

“The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has 62 billion rupees in its development budget but the sprawling province having natural minerals, 700km coastal belt oil and gas bagging for funds from the central government.” Sana Baloch said.

“Following the 1973 constitution the NFC Award should have been called every in every five years’s pause with impartial distribution among all provinces but our people deliberately kept deprived from their due financial shares.”

Sana Baloch shared his concern regarding speculations over financial review of 18th amendment suggesting provincial government to finalize their preparations for coming NFC award.

Participating in the financial crisis debate Awami National Party’s Asghar Khan Achakzai has said, it would be written in the history that the owners of a house kept blinded during future decision of their house,

“The incumbent Federal Government pursuing the steps of previous rulers by not taking into confidence the people of Balochistan and Provincial Assembly regarding decision on Gawadar and Reko Diq, we can’t utilize our resources for Province’s development unless we claim ownership on our natural resources.”

JUF F’s Parliamentarian Leader Malik Sikandar Advocate has suggested provincial government to aware the Prime Minister regarding the concerns of people of Balochistan because being a coalition partners of PTI they might give soft corner to the Federal Government.

“In these tough circumstance all political parties within the house must show unity to clinch people of Balochistan’s due rights from Federal Government being looted from last seven decades.” Sikandar Advocate added.

Summing up the debate Chief Minister Balochistan assured the house that their respective suggestion and advises would be reviewed and presented before the Prime Minister Imran Khan,

“Keeping in mind the sprawling landscape of Balochistan, the provincial government needs time frame to provide basic facilities in remote populations that needs extra resources.” Jam Kamal said adding the provincial government has been taking solid steps to prove good governance.

“Balochistan has been suffered from most challenging circumstance where farmers were barred from farming and businessmen community was prevented from business activities which increased provinces’ financial woes.”

Lamenting over the behaviour of federal governments with downtrodden province Balochistan Jam Kamal said, the previous government released 5000 billion rupees for provincial development but we succeeded in borrowing merely 400 billion, “The Federal Government should change the NFC criteria for Balochistan because we don’t have industries, facing drought like situation and only source of income are livestock and agriculture.” Jam Kamal added.

Source: bexpress.com.pk
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