KARACHI - Legislators of PPP praised the Sindh Budget 2010-11 presented by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah three days ago. But the opposition was critical of the financial document when the discussion on budget formally began here on Monday. Initiating general discussion, PPP MPA Dr Sikandar Mahendaro, congratulated leader of the House Syed Qaim Ali Shah for presenting a balanced budget under the new NFC Award which was unanimously adopted for the first time in 19 years. He hoped that the budget will address and remove sense of derivation and grievances that had crept in due to lack of due share to the province in the previous NFC Award. Opposition PML-Q MPA Sheharyar Mehar termed the budget as jugglery of words aimed at misguiding people of Sindh. He said that he salute the Sindh CM who in his post budget speech admitted that certain elements in the federal government were creating hurdles in getting the due share of Sindh in NFC Award and that he was still fighting with the federal government for the actual NFC share, as agreed upon by all the four provinces last year. People should be apprised of the real facts as to who in the centre is creating hurdles, the livid Mehar from Shikarpur asked. Dissecting the budgetary figures, he said that Sindh should be a rich prosperous province if it has Rs423 billion as presented in the budget otherwise it was mismanagement. He said that Rs75 billion were allocated for the ADP but 25 percent amount was utilized and asked where the remaining amount has gone. The PML-Q legislator came hard upon the education department and dubbed it as notorious and said that the government has failed to achieve desired results as 50 percent government school were still lying closed. He said that it was good omen that government has included budgetary recommendations, suggested by the Sindh Assembly standing committees but said that the committees should be given at least one month time for preparations of their recommendations. He said that time and again the previous government was held responsible for the wrongs under the sun and added that those who were part of the previous government were also part of incumbent government. Repudiating the figures presented by the home department, showing decrease in the crime rate during last two years, Sheharyar Mehar termed these as wishful figures and said that number of crime committed during last two years were far more as compared to last 10 years. He criticised the government for allocating less development funds for Lyari and Malir districts compared to other districts. He questioned government decision to award the contract for the construction of airport at Islamkot to a company which was responsible for the disaster of Shershah Bridge. Does that mean that the company has been rewarded for the disaster and death of number of people, he asked. He said that government should set its priorities in right order. Talking about energy crisis and shortages of power both for domestic and commercial consumers, he expressed surprise that total capacity generation in Sindh is around 6,300 megawatt but even the required amount of 4,300 megawatt is not generated. This was causing huge losses to the industry and revenue to the government and heaping miseries on people, he deplored. PPP Member Haji Munawwar Ali Abbasi, in his speech, first congratulated the Sindh Chief Minister for presenting a good budget but at the same time he reminded the august house about the resolution it had passed on April 18th 2008, recommended the government for investigation into the assassination of Shaheed Mohtarma. Without naming anyone, he asked two federal ministers who were accused of leaving the blast scene outside Liaquat Bagh to clear their names and tender apology to the masses. M Adeel Khan of MQM, while taking part in the general discussion on budget, said that Sindh Chief Minister and his team wanted to deliver to the people but bureaucracy was coming in its way and creating hurdles. He said that the proposals submitted by MPAs for development schemes in their constituencies were ignored as a result of which the development projects amounting to Rs15 billion could not be carried out. He said that government has claimed of having wheat in surplus but even that surplus wheat has not reached to the poor masses. According to the UN report 11 percent of Pakistanis have not the purchasing capacity. That meant that the poor people were missing meals each day because they do not have the resources to buy wheat. PPP members Anwar Mehar, Ghulam Mujadid Isran, Ms Rukhsana Shah, MQM members Heer Ismail Soho, Muzammil Qureshi also participated in the general discussion. The house which was set in motion by Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro at 11:50am, carried question and answer session regarding agriculture department was adjourned till Tuesday morning.