Govt asked to stop funding devolved ministries at federal level

Ijaz Kakakhel

The Senate Functional Committee on Devolution, in its meeting held on Monday, unanimously recommended not to allocate budget for the ministries/departments created parallel to the devolved subjects at Federal level, in the upcoming budget.

The committee also decided to seek detailed reports and briefings from the Planning Commission, the Finance Ministry as well as the related divisions as to why and how much finances are being allocated for these departments.

The Committee decided to devise a plan for complete the devolution and ensure provincial autonomy in accordance with the 18th Constitutional Amendment. Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan Presides over a meeting of the Senate Functional Committee on Devolution at the Parliament House

The committee also held serious reservations on the non-functioning of the Council of Common Interest (CCI) and sought three years report of its performance. The Committee also decided to write letter to the Prime Minister on the same issue.

The Chairman Committee emphasized that the purpose of the meeting was to seek briefing about the non-provision of rightful funds to the provinces by the federation despite the 18th amendment and the parallel spending of a critical amount of Rs. 710 billion at federal level, on devolved subjects.