LAHORE: In the Punjab Assembly, when Rabia Nusrat raised it and Provincial Minister of Finance Hashim Jawan Bakhat told the House that the Punjab government was looking at ways to invest it, the topic of government inability to spend Covid-19 funds reverberated.
The minister told the House that the fund had raised Rs1.16 billion and the money was lying in the CM Fund’s account. The government of Punjab deducted one-day salaries from grade 1 to grade 16, two-day salaries from grade 17 to 19, and three-day salaries from grade 20 and above.
This money was collected and deposited with the Chief Minister’s Fund for Covid-19 account as an advance collection to cope with any emergency. The government is now preparing to buy the vaccine from those who worked for Covid prevention with money or wages, the minister added.
Ms Rabia Nusrat has recently taken the government to task for failing to invest revenue. “On a regular basis, people are dying and the government is sitting on funds. Within the region, Covid has already peaked. Who are the funds left to be spent? ‘She was curious.
The finance minister also had trouble justifying the rise in the price of roti, which is being sold in the city at Rs10 to Rs15, according to Mian Naseer of the PML-N. Has roti taxed by the government,” he asked the minister who responded in negative but said that price rose due to the gap in demand-supply.”
Opposition chief Hamza Shehbaz, who attended the production order conference, had previously grilled the government for failing to deliver. Speaking to the media outside the legislature, he said the country was consuming everything, despite having an agricultural base. I always said that to succeed, this government needs to work. Pakistan was on the corruption index at 117 during the PML-N, but in the last two years it has fallen by seven points. It will leave this government with long tales of defeat.
Those who vowed to turn the nation in 90 days are now saying that even the tenure of five years is much less for them to perform. This government really has a one-point agenda, i.e. a political vendetta. It conducts activities, but only against PML-N staff, screaming “qabza mafia.” Regularization of the PTI buildings, like Banigala. Arresting Shehbaz Sharif and Khwaja Asif was the only act he did.
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The economic policies of the nation is drawing it into a deep ditch of misery. International policy leaves the world divided. It is being fined globally and its aircraft are being seized. What more evidence of its incompetence is needed? It has neglected to even eliminate garbage from the roads of the area. Lahore is slipping into a waste of its own.
“In the spirit of transparency, vengeance is being pursued. There has been no evidence of even a pie against me or Shehbaz Sharif, but both are imprisoned just to appease any of the PTI’s revengeful urges. This is the worst kind of administration,” Hamza told the media.
Later, the House was adjourned until Monday afternoon.