District government annual Budget of Rs.3553.059 million for the
year 2017-18 presented in the house
CHITRAL: District nazim Chitral Maghfirat Shah presented the
annual budget of district government for the year 2017-18 here on
Tuesday amounting to Rs.3553.059 million which included Rs.
3223.144 million as salary and Rs.151.241 million as non-salary
components while development fund amounted to Rs.165.890 million.
Presenting the budget in
the house, he said that as per existing criterion, 25 percent of
the development budget will be placed on the discretion of the
house for further allocation to different sectors on need basis
while education sector will get 20 percent and 5 percent each for
agriculture, women development and youth.
At the outset of his budget speech, the district Nazim expressed
his annoyance over the drastic cut in non-development funds of the
district by the provincial government which he said was reduced
from Rs.320 million to Rs.120 million and it was nothing less of a
joke with the district government.
He reprimanded the provincial government for employing delaying
tactics in devolution of powers to the local government as provided
in the local government act envisaged before the election.
He said that two public works departments of communication and
works (C&W) and public health engineering department were excluded
from the list of devolved departments thereby further weakening the
“If the provincial government is not earnest in the local
government system, then I advise them to send the elected
representatives on packing and run the affairs with the help of
patwaris and tehsildars”, he said adding that the district
government was quite ‘toothless’ in case of those departments as
well which had been devolved to it and all this was due to the
inherent flaw in the system.
He said that special measures have been taken to deal with the
situation arising of the natural disasters in the form of flash
floods, glacial lakes outburst floods and landslide which had
paralyzed life across the valley.
Those who spoke about the budget included Rahmat Ghazi, Ghulam
Mustafa advocate and Abdul Latif of PTI, Mufti Mahmoodul Hassan and
Sher Muhammad of JUI and Muhammad Hussain of PML-N.