Two parallel budget sessions are scheduled to be held in Punjab on Wednesday – possibly for the first time – by a PML-N-led government at Aiwan-e-Iqbal, which will be chaired by PTI’s vice-chairman Dost Mohammad Mazari. and the other in the Punjab Assembly under the leadership of PML-Q president Chaudhry Parvez Elahi.
The development comes after the provincial government failed to present the budget for the new fiscal year, despite two days elapsed after the Punjab Assembly was called for the purpose. deadlock with speaker.
The Punjab Assembly witnessed a day-long drama on Monday as Speaker Elahi refused permission to hold the session and present the provincial budget, before the Inspector General of Police (IGP) apologized to him and all the cases registered against PTI. demanded its withdrawal. and in relation to PML-Q activists and lawmakers, anarchy 16 April session,
After brief proceedings of the House followed by back-to-back meetings between the treasury and the opposition for more than six hours, the Speaker took a strong stand on the absence of the Chief Secretary and the IGP and said proceedings would continue only if both the officers were present in the assembly gallery.
After adjourning the proceedings until 11 p.m., Elahi adjourned the session until 1 p.m. on Tuesday – without permission for the presentation of the province’s budget for fiscal year 2022-23.
However, the proceedings could not proceed again when the 40th session of the Assembly resumed on Tuesday. Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz, who appeared disappointed with the speaker’s strategy, announced that he would come up with another strategy to tackle the problem.
Later in the day, Governor Balighur Rahman Cancelled Summoned the ongoing 40th session and 41st at Aiwan-e-Iqbal on Wednesday (today) at 2 pm. However, despite the Governor’s orders, the Speaker announced that the 40th session would continue.
Reportedly, the Punjab government had shown some flexibility in withdrawing cases against PTI MPs and workers, but was unwilling to bow down to the presence of the IGP and CS before the Speaker and opposition MPs in the House. A source said, “Hamza is taking instructions in this matter from the top leadership of the party, which has asked him not to accept the demands of the opposition.”
Speaker Elahi, in a conversation with reporters on Tuesday night, termed the proposed Aiwan-e-Iqbal session as illegal and unconstitutional.
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Meanwhile, the budget approved earlier by the cabinet proposes a 15 per cent hike in salaries of public sector employees, 5 per cent increase in pension of retired officers and Rs 109.1 billion for foreign-funded projects. The proposed budget envisages a wide range of subsidy and relief packages worth Rs 190.58bn, and around Rs 1.712 trillion for service delivery across various sectors – 20pc more than the current fiscal’s 1.428tr.
According to the budget document, the government’s major initiatives during the next financial year are proposed to be Rs 100 billion for social security (utility assistance programme) and Rs 31.5 billion for South Punjab alone.
Other major projects include Rs 9 billion for road rehabilitation programme, Rs 5 billion for land acquisition for development projects, Rs 1.35 billion for minority development and Rs 1.5 billion for provision of laptops to students.
The proposed sectoral allocations would be Rs 1,083.69 billion for social and Rs 216.68 billion for infrastructure development, Rs 127.32 billion for production, Rs 663.15 for services and Rs 306.09 billion for special initiative sectors.