PESHAWAR -  The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Monday asked the Federal government to announce National Finance Commission (NFC) award immediately.

The KP Assembly met with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair.

Taking up the NFC Award issue on the floor of the House, Provincial Senior Minister Inayatullah Khan, who belongs to Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) said that the Federal government has delayed the NFC award without any reason despite the fact that smaller provinces time and again demanded the award.

Federal government should start working on the NFC award without further delay and complete the Commission immediately. By doing so, the PML-N government would earn good name, he said.

Lauding PPP for constituting at least four NFC awards during its tenures, besides passing the 18th Constitutional amendments, he came down hard on PML-N government and said that it had totally failed so far even to constitute a single NFC award in its tenure.

Backing Inayatullah Khan, ANP’s Parliamentary leader Sardar Hussain Babak asked the PML-N Parliamentary leader Sardar Aurangzeb Nalotha to take up the NFC Award issue with top leadership of his party.

In the same breath, he said that KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, also member of the Council of Common Interest (CCI) should also play an active role in this regard.

Sitting next to Babak, Nalotha stood up and assured the House that he would raise a strong voice for the rights of the province, however, advised the PTI-led provincial government to keep friendly relationship with the Federal govt too.

Meanwhile, JUI-F MPA Mahmood Betni raised the financial crisis issue and told the House that funds are not released for ongoing schemes, which was regrettable. Moreover, contractors have stopped working on projects.

So, it was requested to the Finance Minister to explain real situation that whether the government has no funds or it has deliberately not released funds, he said.

“Tell us about the financial position of the province because it is now talk of the town, the provincial is lacking funds and that’s why it was now planning to sell the government property to generate revenue,” Sardar Babak said.

Replying to the queries, KP Finance Minister Muzaffar Said admitted that the government is facing shortage of funds for developmental side due to which developmental projects are executed at slow pace.

He assured the lawmakers that funds would be released for projects very soon. “We are facing shortage in funds transfer from the Federal government,” he explained and said that it was wrong that funds were regularly issued to some Ministers.

On his turn, Inayatullah said that at least Rs 12 billion would be released for the priority projects and ongoing schemes.

He accused that the Federal government of not releasing funds in time last year, which affected the last year’s ADP and the ongoing schemes of this year too.

“Yes, the provincial government was planning to give on leases those properties which are unutilised. A very transparent manner and on open competition would be held after evolving detailed mechanics for the purpose,” he said.

Later, the House extended the time period for the controversial KP Police Ordinance 2016, for another period of 90 days. The Speaker adjourned the session till Wednesday at 3pm.