MQM for distribution of NFC award on basis of district population

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad

Muttahida Qaumi Movement on Tuesday tabled a bill in the National Assembly seeking the distribution of the National Finance Commission award amongst districts on the basis of their respective populations.
The MQM ostensibly seeks a greater share of resources for urban Sindh, which has a markedly higher population density than other areas of the province but has struggled to cope with administrative issues at the local level.
At the moment, provincial governments hold the authority to distribute the award amongst projects, rather than allocating a certain amount to each district.
The PPP’s Naveed Qamar opposed the bill saying that distribution of the NFC award is a provincial matter.
On the other hand, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab, who at first opposed the bill, appeared convinced after a while.
However, Qaumi Watan Party Chief Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao maintained that the bill was tantamount to an attempt at weakening the federal government.
The bill was forwarded to the relevant committee of the house, by the deputy speaker.
Meanwhile, the lower house was informed that a committee headed by deputy governor State Bank has been established to improve the operations of foreign branches of Pakistani banks as per the international standards.
Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal said the committee was established after the HBL’s decision to close its Branch in New York.
Responding to the motion on excessive bills, Minister of State for Power Abid Sher Ali said that mobile meter reading system has been introduced in different areas of the country to check over billing.
The House on Tuesday passed a resolution urging the government to take steps to control the manufacturing of spurious drugs in the country. The House also passed a resolution asking the government to restore the educational increment of all federal government employees. Another resolution adopted by the House called upon the government to take steps to do away with gas loadshedding. In yet another resolution, the house asked the government to set up more hospitals in the federal capital. It also adopted a resolution urging the government to construct new small dams in the country.

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