Finance minister Asad Umar on Wednesday has written letters to provincial chief ministers for reconstitution of National Finance Commission (NFC).     

The letter states that announcing National Finance Award after every five years is a constitutional obligation.

The federal finance minister and the finance ministers of the provinces are the statutory members of NFC. It is customary to include one non-statutory member from each province.

Letters have accordingly been dispatched to Sardar Usman Ahmad Buzdar Chief Minister Punjab, Syed Murad Ali Shah Chief Minister Sindh, Mahmood Khan Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and to Jam Kamal Khan Chief Minister Balochistan.

The letters stated that after general elections 2018, new governments are in place both at the Federal and Provincial levels, necessitating re-confirmation of non-statutory members from the provinces.

Asad Umar has asked the provincial chief ministers to either reconfirm the earlier nominated members or intimate the change in the nomination to enable the Federal Government to notify the 9th NFC and start deliberations of the Commission.

An official notification regarding the constitution of the NFC will be issued as the provinces nominate their members for the commission.