Mayor not happy with meager funds for Karachi

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KARACHI: Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar on Tuesday criticized the Sindh government for neglecting Karachi in thde 2017-2018 budget, saying Karachi is the economic hub of the country and contributes 71 per cent to the national exchequer but the provincial government has allocated a meager amount for it in the budget.

He expressed these views during a visit of Quaidabad area of the metropolis to see the ongoing development works on the roads.

Akhtar also criticized the PPP ministers for calling it a ‘people’s friendly budget’, claiming that the budget would provide no relief to the common man.

He said without announcing any special package for the country’s commercial capital in its fiscal budget 2017-18, the Sindh government on Monday allocated only Rs40 billion “for major infrastructure projects of Karachi. He termed the Rs40 billion for the city in the provincial budget like a ‘cumin seed in a camel’s mouth’. He asked the government to revise its decision about Karachi funds.

Mayor accused the government for allocating huge funds for the lawmakers in the budget and said that almost funds would be used for the personal benefit of legislators and unnecessary activities.

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