Quetta – 15 billion rupees are missing from annual development funds of Balochistan government, revealed Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, Chief Minister (CM) in Balochistan Assembly, on Sunday.
According to details, Rs. 15 billion of annual development budget of Planning and Development (P&D) department has been issued without approval. There is no record of where this huge amount of money was utilized.
According to sources, former Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) for P&D department, Ali Zaheer Hazara, who is in Australia at the moment, is blamed for the missing funds.
“I admit we have failed in proper utilization of development funds,” conceded Dr, Malik. “I have asked Federal government to provide as a package of Rs. 15 billion so that shortage of missing funds can be compensated,” added CM Balochistan.
Deputy opposition leader in Balochistan Assembly, Zamaruk Khan Achakzai, demanded that an independent inquiry commission should be constituted to probe the corruption in P&D department.
Provincial Ministers Jaffar Khan Mandokhail and Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Mohammad Hasni complained that development work in their districts have been stopped due to missing funds of Rs. 15 billion. “This is unacceptable, we want funds for our development projects at all costs,” said Jaffar Khan Mandokhail in Balochistan Assembly.
Member of assembly Raheela Durrani said that she has been in Balochistan assembly for last 12 years. “Getting development funds released under this government is much difficult as compared to previous governments,” Complained Miss Durrani.
Fiscal year will end on 30th June and so far development funds have not been released by Balochistan government. All development funds will be lapsed if not utilized by 30th June.
Published in The Balochistan Point on May 3, 2015