KARACHI: Sindh Assembly (SA) on Monday concluded the first ever post budget debate, a mandatory after 18thAmendment in Constitution.
SA on Monday also completed its hundred days in its first parliamentary year of current House. The House was adjourned till the next date to be announced later.
Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah in his concluding remarks said till December 2013 Sindh government completed 130 development schemes and ongoing 525 projects would be completed in due course of time till the end of fiscal year 2014. He said his government released development funds in July last year that made possible most of the on-going schemes completion. In other governments’ funds were usually released in April and May.
He said out of Rs 185 billion allocation for Annual Development Programmes (ADP), Rs 105 billion has been released while Rs74 billion has been spend.
When we came into power, there were only four reverseosmosis (RO) plants in Tharparkar and were not functional. We built 80 new RO plants. This is not enough. We would build another 500 more RO plants, he informed.
He said tenders have been invited to buy 100 new buses for Karachi. Pointing towards the opposition, He said instead for waiting till the end of ongoing fiscal year, his government was being criticised as if this was the end of fiscal year. Remember there are three more months to go, he said.
Qaim said our government formed four new universities in the province. New hospitals were built in five district headquarters. It was not right to say there was no monitoring of development schemes. In fact there were three departments held responsible for monitoring.
He said floods and heavy rains in 2010 and 2011, most portion of the infrastructure of province was badly damaged. We spend around Rs 22 billion on rehabilitation work.
We built first Women University and first Law University in the province. Today there is a Cadet College in each district, said chief minister.
He said newly built Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas Road could be compared with Motorway. We were also constructing new road from Benazirabab to Sanghar.
In the current fiscal year 1000 kilometers roads would also be completed. An airport at Tharparkar has also been built. In lighter mode he invited Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leader Irfanuulah Marwat to accompany him to aerial view Tharparkar.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) parliamentary leader Syed Sardar Ahmed said Rs 36 billion were being spent under loans and subsidies but their details were not being released. He suggested formulating provincial finance commission and monetary evaluation committees on district and tehsil level.
Irfanullah Marwat said in May we were debating on post budget. He asked when would this House conduct debate on next fiscal year’s budget. A post budget debate now not matters how small it was, he remarked. He said according to new rules, it was mandatory to conduct post budget debate. He said every now and then it was pointed out towards federal government’s failures in certain responsibilities. “After 18thAmendment, you were in power in centre. Why did you not do your part of work then,” he asked.
He said in various schemes the funds were yet to be released. “What would be the use of releasing funds in May or June. Would any school road or college building could be built in this small span of time. He said with the rise of inflation, “rate of kickbacks have also gone up”.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) parliamentary leader Samar Ali Khan said on development schemes, “Around 40 percent amount went into the pockets of bureaucracy”. PPP leader Zulfiqar Bhutto’s dream was to provide relief to the masses. However due to corruption in Sindh, this dream is not coming true, he said.
PML F MPA Shaharyar Khan Mahar pointed out instead of disbursing the amount among those who deserves the money was spent on Zakat department. He said we were not short of money but again we were dying of hunger and poverty. The journalist partially boycotted SA session on reports of attack on a private TV channel ‘Dharti News’ in Karampur Kashmore district. Besides they also condemned incident in Surjani Town Karachi where armed men attacked a reporter and cameraman of ‘Channel 5’.
On the pledge of justice from provincial ministers Sharjeel Memon, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and Javed Nagori journalists resumed their duties.
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