Sunday, June 21, 2015

Opposition denounces Balochistan budget

 June 22, 2015

QUETTA: Awami National Party leader Zamrak Khan Achakzai on Sunday denounced the Balochistan budget and demanded for changes in the PSDP. The fiscal year 2015-16 budget debate continued in the Balochistan Assembly on Sunday. 

Achakzai said that the finance secretary has pointed out Rs 26 billion deficit, but the House has not been informed as to from where this deficit would be met, adding that the federal government owes billions of rupees debt to Balochistan but that too has not been repaid. 

The ANP leader added that the federal government has also not paid billions of rupees in the head of gas royalty. He said that budgets were made for the people but it seems that the Balochistan budget focused not on the welfare of the people but that of a few capitalists. 

Achakzai requested Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and Senior Minister Sanaullah Zehri to review the budget and specially make changes in the PSDP. Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) lawmaker Nasrullah Zehri said that the House should be taken into confidence on the deficit which has been pointed out in budget and it should be disclosed as to how this deficit would be met. 

He said that since the customs collector has assumed charge, the traders are facing difficulties, adding that if a trader takes goods from Jinnah Road to Hazarganji, taxes are imposed. He said that the viewpoint of many members should be considered who advocated a review on the budget as many members have complained that their constituencies have been encroached in the budget. 

He questioned as to how many jobs are provided by the centre to the province, adding that the House should be told about the representation of the province in FC, army, customs, railways and PIA.

Opposition criticises Balochistan budget

Amanullah Kasi 

QUETTA: Leader of Opposition in the Balochistan Assembly Maulana Abdul Wasay criticised on Saturday the performance of the provincial government and said the provincial budget for 2015-16 did not reflect the aspirations of people.

Opening the debate on the budget in the assembly, Maulana Wasay opposed the allocation of huge funds for law-enforcement agencies, saying they had failed in improving law and order situation in the province.

The session was presided over by acting Speaker Mir Quddus Bizenjo.

Maulana Wasay said the opposition wanted to boycott the budget session, but it was attending it only on the request of Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and Senior Minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri.

He accused the government of making improper allocations in the budget.

He said the government had failed in both improving the security situation in the province and solving other problems of people.

Referring to the recent killing of policemen in the province, the opposition leader said when personnel of law-enforcement agencies were themselves not safe how they could protect people.

He alleged that the government while taking important decisions regarding allocation of funds for development projects did not take the opposition into confidence.

The opposition leader reje­c­ted the official claim that the situation in Balochistan was improving, saying the government had been unsuccessful in resolving the issues of the province.

Mir Karim Nausherwani of PML-Q also criticised the budget and said his constituency in Kharan district was deprived of funds for development projects.

The house approved the Rs26.9 billion supplementary grants for the budget for 2015-16 — Rs15.74bn for development expenditures and Rs10.35bn non-development expenditures.

Adviser to Chief Minister on Finance Mir Khaliq Lango presented the supplementary budget.

Opposition members did not move any cut motion during the approval of the grants.

The session was adjourned till Aug 21.

Published in Dawn, June 21st, 2015

Balochistan assembly: ANP rejects provincial budget

By Mohammad Zafar

June 22, 2015

QUETTA: The Awami National Party (ANP) has rejected this fiscal year’s budget for Balochistan and has demanded changes in the province’s Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), as the budget debate continued in the provincial assembly on Sunday.

Speaking on the floor of the house, ANP’s Zamrak Khan Achakzai said the finance secretary had pointed out a Rs26 billion deficit but the house was not informed how this deficit would be met. His call was reiterated by Pushtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party’s Nasarullah Zehri.

Achakzai claimed that the federal government owes billions of rupees to Balochistan. He also criticised the budget for looking out for ‘capitalists rather than the masses’ and urged the chief minister to review it, particularly the PSDP portion.

Zehri, meanwhile, said traders have been facing difficulties ever since the current customs collector took over. He too called for reviewing the budget in light of lawmakers’ complaints.

Power cuts continued to haunt the assembly during Sunday’s session as well. Power went out twice in the house while the debate on the budget was taking place.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2015.


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