KARACHI – Repeated reminders to the standing committees about the formulation of recommendations for the provincial budget for the next fiscal year, 2012-13, have drawn a blank, said Finance Department officials TheNation talked to on Wednesday.To put it simply, all lawmakers on the standing committees of the Sindh Assembly are lacking interest in the budget-making process, as they barely meet to draw up proposals to be perused for preparing the next budget. Two days ago, Syed Murad Ali Shah, the finance minister, remonstrated against this laidback attitude of the committees, saying their members were not sparing time for formulating budgetary proposals and that the time for the preparation of the next budget was running out. Visibly angry over the committees’ sulk, Murad Shah added that his department did send them reminders but to no avail. On Wednesday, the finance minister kept waiting for all the lawmakers on the standing committees at the Sindh Assembly for a pre-arranged briefing. Only Standing Committee on Home chief Haji Anwar Mahar and three others assembled at the committee room. According to assembly officials, the minister was to brief about the budgetary expenditures incurred, and supplementary budgets of the current financial year.Notably, most of the lawmakers, when an annual budget is presented and debated upon, scathingly speak of the bureaucracy, especially of the finance and planning departments, for not taking them into confidence on the budget-making process.