CHITRAL: It is very strange that despite imposing exponential hike in the prices of petroleum, gas, electricity etc, there is hardly any step taken by the government to tighten it’s own belt. The perks and privileges of government functionaries big and small, the civil and military bureaucracy, the non functioning organization, all remain intact, while the common man/woman is being taxed more and more to the point of unbearability.
Better would be if the government voluntarily attends to the ‘shah kharchi’ and ‘kharmasti’ which it has got used to over the decades and because of which government jobs are considered ‘maal e ghanimat’. If the govt does not pay heed to this cancerous burden on the exchequer, then the IMF should force it by dictating point by point places where to save money.
The country has been molested for too long a time and now irrespective of rubbish politics, some serious accountability needs to be undertaken. .. CN report, 17 Feb 2023