Opposition members in the Sindh Assembly claimed on Thursday that the Pakistan People’s Party-led Sindh government avoided holding pre-budget sessions of the provincial assembly to hide its own shortcomings.
Pakistani Parliament Leader Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Bilal Ghaffar, assembly member Arsalan Taj, Shehzad Qureshi, Dr Sanjay Gangwani and other members held a joint press conference at the Sindh Assembly.
Bilal Ghaffar said, based on Regulation No. 143 of the assembly, it is clear that there must be a pre-budget hearing in the DPR. This session should be held between January and March during which all provincial members inform the incumbent government of their budget proposals, schemes and district issues.
At least five sessions were held for pre-budget discussions, however, March was over but the Sindh government did not call for the sessions. “We ask that the pre-budget hearing be called,” said Ghaffar.
Criticizing the ruling party in the province, he said there is a dictatorial government in Sindh. They did not even share the Pakistan Auditor General Revenue report with the MPA. Does the Sindh government want to hide its mistakes in the last two years, said Ghaffar.
He said according to a World Bank report released on March 31, Karachi is one of the 10 least developed cities in the world. The report states that the city needs $ 10 billion to make it habitable, he said referring to the ‘Fact Sheet: World Bank Involvement in Karachi’.
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Tell me the state
According to Ghaffar, among other things, a World Bank report states that 50 percent of metropolitan city residents do not have access to drinking water, half of the population lives in slum settlements, and 60 percent of solid waste is left on the streets and roads.
Karachi currently ranks among the bottom 10 cities in the world in terms of habitability, according to the 2019 Global Habitability Index. Metro Karachi performs poorly on all city service indicators and on all livability, health, environment, safety and education dimensions. .
He stated: “The water and sewage network only meets about half of the city’s needs. As a result, water is available for only a few hours per day. Most of the waste is discharged into the sea untreated.”
Public areas have been lost and the city cannot face any natural disaster, Ghaffar quoted the report as saying.
He said the report was an independent analysis of 13 years of PPP regulations in cities and provinces. The World Bank says it has provided more than Rs150 billion for various projects in Karachi since 2017, but there has been no progress on the ground.
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‘PDM is messy’
Meanwhile, Pakistani Vice President Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Opposition Leader in the Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh in a video statement on Thursday said the opposition in the Center made big claims to overthrow the government but had fallen on its own.
Today the PDM leaders are attacking each other, he said. He said that 2021 proved to be a year of development for the country. Today, Pakistan’s exports have increased, and the stock market is at its highest.
“Inflation is down compared to last year and the rupee has also strengthened against the dollar,” he said highlighting the achievements of the PTI government.
Consumer sentiment is improving as seen from the highest number of vehicles sold in March 2021. The Federal Board of Revenue has met tax targets due to government policies that show increased taxpayer confidence, he said, adding that the business world is paying taxes, whereas in the past, they didn’t pay taxes thinking the thief was going to eat up all the money.
Haleem further said that the PPP government in Sindh had taken away basic facilities from the community. “There is an urgent need to find a vaccine even for the corrupt Sindh rulers.”