QUETTA: The members of the Balochistan Assembly on Tuesday showed mixed reaction towards the provincial budget 2014-15.
The assembly resumed its discussion with Speaker Jan Muhammad Jamali in chair. Speaking on the occasion, Mir Abdul Kareem Nosherwani of PML-Q said that it is a balanced budget given the current circumstances and stressed upon the government to release the PSDP funds of the opposition in a show of magnanimity. He said that welfare work was done in the previous year on a large scale and the law and order has improved considerably.
“The Frontier Corps has rendered enormous sacrifices for the maintenance of law and order, therefore, Police, FC and Levis should be given more funds,” he said and added that the coalition partners should not interfere in each other’s constituencies. Karim Nosherwani said that the hours-long load shedding of power has embittered the people in his constituency Kharan and they are facing a water shortage. He added that the people who talk of independence do so because of unemployment and frustration.
He stressed upon government to provide employment to the youth to prevent them from taking to the mountains. Speaking on the occasion, Gul Muhammad Dummar of Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam said that injustices have been meted out to the opposition since day one, and the opposition is being compelled to knock the doors of the courts and stage sit-ins. He said that the situation of health and education has deteriorated instead of improving, and added that schools and hospitals are suffering from acute shortage of facilities.
“As regards law and order, the people are being looted in broad daylight,” underscored Gull Muhammad Dummar, who went on to say that the high inflation has embittered the people. Provincial Minister for Health Rehmat Baloch has said that the 2014-15 budget is in accordance with the peoples’ expectations and added that for the first time funds were distributed sector-wise. He said that in past many people had considered the development budget as their pocket money which made many MPAs billionaires, but the schools and hospitals remained in shambles.
MPA PML- Ms Raheela Durrani said that the budget is balanced and there is nothing to be criticized in it, adding that however, women were not given due priority in it. “All the funds kept for women in PSDP should be spent by taking the women members of the Assembly in confidence,” she added. He stressed that complaint centres and markets should be established for women and the services of women lawyers should be hired in this regard.
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