LAHORE - The PPP wants constitution of an All-Parties Finance Commission in Punjab for the equitable distribution of local bodies’ funds to the districts.

     The PPP’s Punjab Secretary General Tanvir Ashraf Kaira Tuesday said in a statement that the proposed commission should be announced in the Punjab Budget for 2014- 2015.

He argued that it made sense to formulate such a framework in the absence of the local bodies because the funds of billions of rupees meant for providing civic amenities to the people of the province had been diverted to the projects in Lahore, leaving the people of the rest of the province high and dry.

Kaira referred to the objections of the Auditor General of Pakistan on transfers of huge funds of the local bodies to other projects, adding such transfer of funds and their expenditure could not be reconciled as a consequence.

Tanvir maintained that the setting up of the All Parties Finance Commission in Punjab would ensure the equitable distribution of the financial resources to the districts as well as monitor the utilization of funds so allocated for the provision of services to the people of the province.

He was of the view that transfer of funds from the less developed areas to the urban center was willful negligence that brazenly defied the narrative of social justices as well as the concept of sustainable development. 

He observed that discriminatory development was counter-productive and self-defeating that cut the very basis of the process of social development on harmonies basis. Development should be vehicle of promoting the cause of shared prosperity without prejudice to others, he concluded.