PESHAWAR (Dunya News) – Local bodies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province seems to be having troubles as the people are still devoid of the fruits that transference of funds and power to the grassroots was to bear as claimed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.
Reportedly, at least ten districts of the province failed to put together a budget to be spent while another four failed to get their proposal approved by the government.
According to the details, the local bodies are troubled owing to lack of funds, differences among the appointment holders, and failure to propose a budget. Local governments in Abbottabad, Bannu, Hangu, Kohat, Lower Dir, Malakand, Shangla, Torghar and Upper Dir could not draft individual budgets after federal budget for fiscal year 2017-18 was announced.
Meanwhile it should be known that Swat, Nowshera, Lakki Marwat and Kurk would not get budgets approved by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak-led government of KP.
The reasons for this are the pending cases in courts, lack of majority support, abandonment by allied parties, locals regents’ internal conflicts and their lack of motivation.
The KPK government had alloted 43 billion Rupees to the local government between the budget year 215-16 to 2016-17, out of which, 13 billions have been spent already leaving the total behind only 30 billion which the local bodies are reluctant to spend due to government’s delay to prepare and pass the new budget but citizens are paying the ultimate price.