Development spending: North takes mantle of ‘neglected region’ from south

Rs93b allocated for southern Punjab, but none for north, say PTI members.

Our Correspondent June 20, 2013
The government had allocated Rs17 billion for the construction of seven dams in the Potohar region, but had not mentioned how much for this year. DESIGN: CREATIVE COMMON

LAHORE:


Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf members have accused the government of neglecting northern Punjab in its spending plans for next year, saying the budget concentrated on the central and southern parts of the province.


During Thursday’s budget debate, Opposition Leader Mehmoodur Rasheed and his young colleagues in the PTI elected from Rawalpindi division highlighted the grievances of residents of northern Punjab, an interesting role reversal from previous assemblies when southern Punjab was often painted as the most ignored region in the province.

Rasheed said that Rs93 billion had been allocated for southern Punjab in the budget, but northern Punjab had been ignored.

MPA Malik Taimour also spoke on the subject. He said that the government had allocated Rs20 billion for the construction of labour complexes in Lahore, Kasur and Multan, but ignored Wah Cantt, Taxila and Rawalpindi, home to several heavy industries.

The government had allocated Rs17 billion for the construction of seven dams in the Potohar region, but had not mentioned how much for this year.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2013.

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Xnain | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Now we have a northern Punjab as well? Okey whats next, eastern and western Punjab?

riz | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Rather than appreciating the steps to mitigate suffering of south, they criticism for north is totally unjustified specially in the presence of projects like metro bus / seven dams and many projects are under way in north. PTI opposition is just a politics and would be a source of creating differences in the society. "what is your agenda"

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