Centre ‘leaves Balochistan in lurch’
By News Desk
June 10, 2023 08:10 PM
The Balochistan government has been facing financial difficulties as it has not got the due funds from the federal government during the current financial year, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Saturday.
The Centre is yet to release Rs100 billion funds allocated in the outgoing financial year, sources in the Balochistan government said.
The Pakistan Petroleum Limited is yet to clear Rs55 billion dues, the insiders said, adding that prime minister Shehbaz Sharif promised Rs10 billion for flood victims in the province but the government has not got the money.
More than 6 billion was for bridge financing which has not yet been received, sources Balochistan government
A couple of days ago, Balochistan Awami Party Central President and Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudous Bizenjo announced a boycott of the federal budget session in protest against depriving the province of its due rights.
The Balochistan Awami Party will not be part of the federal budget session, he said, adding that the MNAs and senators of BAP will not participate in the federal budget session.
Clear instructions have been issued to the members and disciplinary action will be taken against the lawmakers if they violate the party policy, he stressed.
Balochistan is facing severe financial problems, the chief minister said adding that the main reason for these problems is the non-cooperation of the federal government.
He said: “Despite sent reminders. We are not being given our constitutional rights. The federal government makes promises and assurances but they are not implemented. Our demands are genuine. We are not making any illegal demands."
He continued: "The PPL has not been paying our dues for years. The outstanding arrears are more than Rs45 billion. The management authority of PPL is with the federal government.
“The federal government is neither interested nor ready to play its due part. The projects of Balochistan included in the federal PSDP hit a sang because of a halt to funds.
“Even half of the funds allocated for these projects are not released. “There are tenders for federal projects in Balochistan, but the funds are transferred.
“The highways of Balochistan were severely damaged in the floods last year and the NHA has not done any rehab work.
“Eight bridges on the highway connecting Karachi with Quetta and Central Asia were swept away by floods, and even after a year, vehicles are passing through alternative roads.
“The PM laid the foundation stone of the Chaman-Karachi highway in a ceremony one year ago and announced its completion in 18 months but 20% of this project has not been completed so far.
"We are deprived of our due share in NFC too. Our demand is that the new NFC award should be done immediately, which is also a constitutional requirement.
"The federal government should take our demands seriously. If this is not done, the gap created between the federation and the province will widen.
"Deprivation is not acceptable in any case. The people of Balochistan are looking towards us and we are adamant. Practical steps are needed now.”
He made a request to ex-president Asif Ali Zardari, and PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman for looking into the matter.