Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said on Thursday that the federal government used the coronavirus pandemic excuse to cover up its poor performance.
The chief minister was speaking to media a day after he officially presented the provincial budget for the fiscal year 2020-21. “No calamity struck, [hence the only reason] is that less revenue was generated due to incompetency,” he said, criticising the federal government for its economic policies.
Murad said that in the current year, the province has received Rs229 billion less from the federal government. “This year, Rs835 billion were to be received from the Centre [but were not].”
He said that Sindh received Rs553 billion from the amended target as well, lamenting that for the next year, the Centre has kept the growth target at 2.1.
The top Sindh official said that except for health this time, no new scheme was introduced in any sector.
“The 700 schemes, which will be completed next year, will be funded.”
He alleged that the development budget was slashed due to the centre, adding that the federal government ‘does not want to own up’ its incompetency.