Punjab budget is wangling: funds for agriculture, education, health will also be eaten by Orange Line: Ch Parvez Elahi

Despite lot of taxes historical deficit 0f Rs 114 billion, against our 98 per cent utilization they have used only 50 per cent of development budget

Now Rs. 124 billion to be paid as interest and loans, our every budget was tax-free and surplus, farmers, traders, industries all are worried, there will be flood of price hike and unemployment, press conference


Lahore: 15-06-2016: Pakistan Muslim League (PML) senior central leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Ch Parvez Elahi has termed Punjab budget a wangling and said that funds allocated for agriculture, education and health will also be eaten up by Orange Line, despite flood of taxes in every sector historical deficit of Rs 114 billion is ample proof of their inefficiency and failure, during our tenure development funds utilization was 98 per cent whereas they have only utilized 50 per cent of development budget.

He said this while addressing a press conference along with MPAs Amir Sultan Cheema, Vickas Hassan Mokal and Ahmad Shah Khagga as well as Dr Azeemuddin Lakhvi at his residence here today.

He said that in the new budget Rs 124 billion will be paid as interest and loans whereas despite payment of loans of their tenure our every budget was tax free and surplus, all including farmers, traders and industrialists are worried about the new budget because this will bring flood of unemployment and price hike.

Ch Parvez Elahi said that social sector is not their priority, in the budget for outgoing financial year Rs 24 billion were allocated for health against which only Rs 3 billion were spent, Lahore High Court (LHC) has also remarked that Punjab Govt is not paying any attention to health sector and all funds are being dumped on Orange Line Train, likewise only 10 per cent of the budget meant for schools has been utilized and the rest spent on jangla bus and orange line, provision of free medicines in govt hospitals is stopped for quite some time, donations are being sought for 1122 and its funds are being stopped, hospitals and laboratories are being leased out on contract, heart patients are being given one year later date for check up in Punjab Cardiology Institute, patients are lying on the floors, four children are lying in every bed in Children Hospital, neither incubators not ventilators are there. He said if our 200 beds hospital in Layyah and Fatehpur Trauma Centre were functional then who died after eating poisonous “mithai” could have been saved.

Ch Parvez Elahi said that our mega projects in health sector including Fatima Jinnah Institute of Dental Sciences cost Rs 2. 78 billion, Punjab Institute of Neurosurgery General Hospital Lahore cost Rs 5 billion, Surgical Tower Mayo Hospital cost Rs 2 billion, up-gradation of Radiation in Services Hospital Lahore cost Rs 1 billion, and burn Centre in Jinnah Hospital Lahore cost Rs 1. 2 billion are not being made functional for last eight years while about thousand patients of the area have died due to our established Wazirabad Institute of Cardiology not being functional.

He pointedly stated that jangla buses in the Punjab in Lahore and Rawalpindi are running in loss and so far subsidy of Rs 100 billion has been paid for these jangla buses whereas annual subsidy of Orange Line is estimated at Rs 16 billion, new Punjab budget is in reality is the budget of orange line and payment of loans, Orange Line has swallowed entire budget of Punjab, its Rs 87 billion budget is even more than total allocated funds for up-gradation of hospitals, provision of neat and clean water, improvement of police and law enforcing agencies, energy and transport, it is a matter of height of injustice that on one hand Rs 5 billion have been allocated for transport for whole of Punjab and on the hand Rs 87 billion have been allocated for few kilometers of orange line train in Lahore city.

Ch Parvez Elahi said that total debt of Punjab is Rs 620 billion whereas the amount of interest on payment of loans annually has crossed Rs 124 billion, there was no loan on Punjab during our tenure and even 2007 budget was surplus of Rs 100 billion.

He said Rs 50 billion Kisan Package is also meant for fraud with the farmers, this in fact is the package for showering favours on N-League workers.

He said expenses on agriculture in Pakistan is 40 per cent more than rest of the world because till relief is given in the cost of electricity and diesel, its cost cannot be reduced, in view of this we had given real Kisan Package and Punjab Govt paid 50 per cent of the cost of electricity for the farmers. He said their first Kisan Package had been taken away by patwaris and N-League parliamentarians, if our link roads were repaired and rehabilitated regularly then the situation would not have been so worst today.

Ch Parvez Elahi said that despite worst law and order situation in the province only Rs 13 billion have been allocated for police and law enforcing agencies, incidence of crimes of dacoities, murders, kidnapping for ransom have also increased by 300 to 500 per cent but then law and order is not the priority of the Punjab Govt, Chottu Gangs were born as patrolling posts of our tenure were not established. #

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