LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab Secretary General Tanvir Ashraf Kaira has said that the PML-N’s provincial government will present a “bureaucratic budget” in the absence of a full-fledged finance minister in the cabinet.
In a statement on Friday, the former finance minister during PPP-PML-N coalition government in 2008 said that the bureaucracy was presently engaged in preparing the budget which would be totally devoid of welfare of the poor as such and would instead add to their miseries, making their lives further difficult.
About the implementation of the running Annual Development Plan, Kaira said that it had missed most of its targets because over 50 percent of its volume remained unutilised that spoke volumes about the inefficiency of the provincial government’s development strategy.
Like the federal government, Kaira maintained, the Punjab government’s endeavours for revenue generation had failed miserably. Erroneous priorities undermined the very narrative of development because of its compatibility with imperatives of equitable development of all regions, he added.
He pointed out that the chief minister’s attempt to assuage the anger of the people of southern Punjab by announcing such projects would amount to rubbing the salt into their wounds because they had been suffering from political and economic deprivation during the over sis-year stint of the chief minister.
He pointed out that during the PPP government, the federal government completed many big projects in Multan and other southern Punjab areas and that the people of the region knew it very well. Former prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani did a great job in this regard, he added.
The belated hallow announcements were too little and too late, he said, adding that announcement of development funds of billions of rupees in the budget speech for the less developed areas had been generally transferred to the development of two roads of the city of Lahore at the expense of the rest of the provincial capital and also at the cost of the rest of the province.