Withdrawal of subsidies welcome, provided it starts from Top

Published on: 11/05/2019 | Comments: No comments 

Chitral: In the face of approaching the IMF for begging a bailout from the financial crisis, the IMF has asked government of Pakistan to remove or reduce all subsidies. This may be necessary and the compulsion of the time, however the removal of subsidies should start from the top. Removal? of all subsidies provided to the MPs, Ministers, CMs, MNAs and MPAs at their lodges and cafeterias and other areas such as free medical facilities, utilities bills, free air travel etc etc. This should also apply to all executives enjoying undue perks and privileges at the government expense.

Only when this is done will help the common man understand the upcoming hardships and will realise that he is not the only one who is facing hardship but the government officialdom is equally paying its share. .. CN report 11 May 2019

Economy drive of PTI government

Published on: 05/11/2018 | Comments: 1 comment 

The Federal government of Imran Khan is facing a grim financial situation, much greater than was expected at the time of general elections that was held in July. The Economic team was underestimating the seriousness of the issue but when they were in and received briefings from the departments concerned it dawned upon them that the reality was much more bitter than expected. Now that they are at the helm of affairs they have to deal with the situation at any cost. The solution to face it, has wisely been sought in the experience of the People?s Republic of China by eradicating corruption based on their methodology but our economic systems are quite different. What works there may not work here as they have got the will and we have not got such tools and determination as our people are divided into classes, sects, ethnic identities, political affiliations, vested interests, war lords, disgruntled neighbours etc. The fact stands there that punishment for corruption will take long time as investigation is required for it. There must be certain immediate steps to be taken which include the minimizing of government expenditure, luxury items and unnecessary visits of the ministers and officials that has been introduced but not with full force and the Aid from friendly countries will help to support but that cannot be counted upon for long but at the same time much more can be done such as:
Imposition of duty on NCP vehicles that run on the roads but pay nothing to the exchequer.
Minimize consumption of FUEL and declare one OFF day for all private vehicles.
Petrol rationing be introduced for private vehicles. There are millions of rich people who own many vehicles and all run on the roads, mostly uselessly. Each car owner should be given a limited amount of petrol for a week on card system. This will reduce consumption of petrol hence import of this item which increases every year and costs more dollars to be spent on it.
Luxury items of all types should be under heavier taxation.
The allowances given to government servants at high level should be revoked and all the government servants must be treated equally. Those in higher grades receive extra allowances with different denominations and extra ordinary rate of TA/DA but those in lower grades get nothing or something which is negligible.
Overuse of LPG/ CNG be controlled and extravagant use of these material be put on rationing system as we are facing economic emergency and in Emergencies rationing system is a common phenomenon. Expeditious measures have to be taken rather half hearted steps that will not work in the situations we face today.
High Tax per pilgrim on second and more Hajj and Umra visits for Sunnis and Shiites and tax on all Ismaili adults on the occasion of Dedaar of their Imam while in Pakistan.
High tax on ARMS Licences
Double or triple tax on shooting licences.
These TAXES will not affect the low income group but the well- to- do elements can afford them. Comments invited? .. Prof. Rahmat Karim Baig, Chitral 05 Oct 2018

CM KPK announces to admit his children in govt schools

Published on: 15/09/2018 | Comments: 1 comment 

PESHAWAR -UNS : Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Mehmood Khan on Friday announced to admit his children to government-run schools in the province.

Addressing a ceremony marking the start of ?Basta Uthao, School Aao? campaign, the CM vowed to better the conditions and education standards of government-run schools in the province in line with PM Imran Khan?s vision and said that soon his children too will be admitted in government schools.

The ?Basta Uthao, School Aao? campaign is aimed at promoting education by urging parents to admit their children to schools and targets 0.8million children this year.

?We can proudly say that our province was well ahead of other provinces in education sector in past five years as Atif Khan (PTI leader former KP education minister) performed really well as education minister,? said Mehmood Khan.

He also urged the audience at Government Shaheed Hasnain Higher Secondary School to take his message to other people in the province so government can ensure more and more young children join schools. .. Source

Way to top up our treasury; get money, give privileges

Published on: 23/08/2018 | Comments: No comments 

Chitral: Primary concern of the new government seems to be filling the empty chests of the government treasury through fair and legal means. Many ways and methods are being considered for this. Because the people are now confident that their money would not be squandered by government functionaries, most are willing to contribute. The issue being discussed now is how to arrange and manage the collection of such money.

One way to do this could be to offer perks and privileges to people who deposit their money with the government. We have seen that Pakistanis are intrinsically status conscious. A proof of this status greed is that individuals pay crores of rupees to MPAs as bribe to elect them senators- only for seeking status and privileges. Instead of allowing such unethical practices why not have a scheme where those who deposit money with the government are given privileges according to their contribution. A scheme like such would attract heavy investment form expatriates and locals both.??.. CN report, 23 Aug 2018

Transparency in government affairs: The easiest change we can bring about

Published on: 08/03/2018 | Comments: No comments 

Chitral: The whole nation is fed up with primitive, inefficient and corrupt methods of conducting day to day affairs of? the government. Most of the traditions from the imperialistic legacy of the British are in vogue. Any change seen from there have been for the worse – i.e facilitation of corruption and inefficiency in governance.

Though it may seem easier said than done,? corruption can be controlled if not totally eliminated by bringing absolute transparency in governmental affairs. The AAP government of Delhi has decided to live stream all government official meetings so that the public can see what is going on.? Read details here?. In Pakistan, if legislation is made and it becomes mandatory to post all government meeting agendas and decisions (except the extremely security sensitive ones) there will be gross reduction in mismanagement and corruption as people can see the decisions made for them on a live web page and in daily printed newspapers.

The public can appreciate/criticize/suggest and give their input about it decisions being taken on their behalf.? In the present state no body knows what happened in such and such meeting and what decisions were made. People come to know only after the damage is done. All bureaucratic cum elected member’s decisions should be put to scrutiny before the public. The age of social media and technology should be used to maximum to gather best suggestions from intelligent people . Rubbish can be trashed of course.

We must adopt new methods to solve our old problems. “Repeating the same things again and again and expecting different results is being foolish”, to say the least. .. CN report, 08 Mar 2018

Chitralis should give up obsession for government service

Published on: 07/02/2018 | Comments: No comments 

Chitral : Traditionally the dream of every adult Chitrali, more so the educated ones, has been to get into a government job. This tradition dates back to the time when the Britishers ruled the place alongside the local Mehtar. At that time getting into a government job, no matter how lowly it was, guaranteed security and status in the society. The writ of government has always been very strong in Chitral due to the sparce and controllable population. One tehsildar would administer total and effective control over the area which at present a battalion of bureaucrats is unable to.

The status of being in government service has been set so deep in the psyche of Chitralis, that even now it is a dream of majority of youngsters to grab hold of some government job by hook or by crook as soon as they are through with studies. The reason now may be little different though. The incentive now is the greed for a comfortable life and easy money as a govt employee. The fact is well portrayed by the famous current affairs analyst Hasan Nisar who says “In Pakistan, a government servant gets salary to do nothing and gets bribe to do work”. Now the prime emphasis is on making overhead money as a govt employee in whatever capacity one is.

The advent of NGOs diverted some attention to this sector but NGO jobs being temporary and in some cases demanding, the first choice for Chitralis is still getting into a government organisation some how or the other. It is high time now Chitralis should think beyond government jobs.

Industriousness pays. The success of Pathans and Afghans who come bare handed to Chitral and end up in money by their hard work should be enough of a lesson for Chitralis to change their priorities too. Teachings in school and colleges, seminars by NGOs and most of all personal examples by Chitralis should indoctrinate them to start own businesses, enterprises and stop looking towards the proverbial ‘free lunch’ in government service. .. CN Editorial, 07 Feb 2018

Government refuses to make GB fifth province

Published on: 04/01/2018 | Comments: No comments 

?-PM chairs important meeting on proposed constitutional package for GB

ISLAMABAD:?Despite much deliberation that has consumed an entire year, the government has failed to reach a consensus of making Gilgit Baltistan (GB) the fifth province of the country and has instead opted to maintain the special provincial status accorded to the region.

Though final recommendations of a constitutional committee, formed by the prime minister, proposed granting GB the status of a special province with representations in the National Assembly and Senate, besides giving it share in the National Finance Commission (NFC), the National Economic Council (NEC), the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) and others, but the stakeholders could not approve the same due to objection on the part of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), reliable sources informed?Pakistan Today.

All the stakeholders of this issue had, however, agreed on other reforms like giving more legislative power to the provincial assembly and authorities in light of the 18th amendment. ?Excluding the posts of president and prime minister, almost the same setup that is being followed in AJK will be copied in GB,? the sources said.

A special meeting of Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi with all the stakeholders was held at PM Secretariat on Wednesday, which was also attended by Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider, Federal Minister of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Barjees Tahir, Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Law Barrister Zafarullah Khan, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Sartaj Aziz, Military Operations (DGMO) director general and other officials.

The meeting decided to give legal cover to Gilgit Baltistan Self-Governance and Empowerment Ordinance, 2009, through the parliament. Per the decision, the GB Self-Governance and Empowerment Ordinance, 2009, would be replaced by the GB Interim Constitutional Act, 2018, to be enacted by the parliament of Pakistan.

All legislative powers of provinces would be delegated to GB assembly along with all subjects of GB council. The council would be given a ceremonial status with only residual powers. Broad spectrum civil service reforms would also to be made a part of the act, including induction of GB civil service officers into PAS, OMG and PSP. One seat for GB is to be created/designated in FPSC to be filled by a retired officer of GB domicile. Development/non-development funds of GB would be released by the federal government directly to GB.

According to documents exclusively available with?Pakistan Today, the special committee formed by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had proposed at least four seats in the National Assembly, including a special seat for women, and three seats in the Senate to be allocated for GB. Besides, it was also proposed that the provincial set up be given its due share and representation in NFC, IRSA and NEC.

The documents also showed that it had also been proposed to give all legislative authorities to Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly, other than enumerated in Article 142 of the constitution. The special committee on constitutional package had also proposed a robust local government system in GB.

However, a reliable source claimed that irrespective of the final recommendations of the committee, the stakeholders could not reach a conclusion regarding making GB the fifth province of the country.

According to a statement issued by GB chief minister, the recommendations of the committee regarding further empowerment of GB were presented in the meeting at PM House today, which was approved with the agreement of all stakeholders. It was agreed in the meeting that the recommendation would be forwarded to the next cabinet meeting for approval, after which the same would be tabled in the National Assembly in the form of an act. ?With the approval cabinet and assembly, the major demand of GB regarding constitutional rights will be resolved,? the statement said.

However, a source claimed that despite tall claims of the government of further empowering the region with the introduction of constitutional reforms, the exercise of the PM?s committee remained almost useless since it could not make a breakthrough regarding territorial status of the area.

Source : www.pakistantoday.com.pk

The practice of giving free text books to students

Published on: 08/12/2017 | Comments: No comments 

During the MMA government in KPK an idea was practically implemented by introducing free text books to the students of all govt. schools on free transportation to the headquarters of each district. This was a new idea and a great help to the poor government schools children and their parents but it brought with it the flaws of the bureaucracy and lower officials that the supply of the text books did not reach the quarters concerned in time and precious time was lost waiting for the arrival of the consignments. Delays were noticed as well as short supply of many books that were not supplied later. From the distribution point to the schools the burden was to be handled by the schools concerned, bringing unnecessary burden on the schools head specially in the case of far flung hilly areas over precarious road in harsh weather conditions.

This was an ill-conceived idea to create problem in the smooth operation of teaching activities. This also deprived the book sellers from earning meager income on text books and threw them into confusion which they countered by supply of Notes and pocket size books which developed enormously. The book sellers were rendered stranded and were no more book sellers but stationery sellers only. Their skill was lost whereas the government got a few hands in the business. All was the handiwork of a few well connected tycoons of this field who controlled the whole business by excluding the small books sellers. The government got no profit from this change not there were thanks from the community for this step. It was also detected that those text books were also recovered from many stockists much against the expectations. There were better options to provide this facility to the public such as:

The text book supply system could have been executed by giving away the prices of the set of books of each students who could buy them from the market at their own convenience instead of waiting for supply by the education department and instead of paying the a few tycoons as gesture of nepotism the sale price and small commission would go to the small book seller and spread the many to many stake holders instead of few capitalists who got monopoly of this business.

That the payment on the head of transport charges would have been saved by the provincial exchequer. This would have saved time, energy and mishandling of the provision system. The control on the books and feed back by the book selling community would have improved as their problems and the issues of misprints, missing pages, chapters and many other related faults could have been identified and discussed. It would have been helpful to give correct info to the students or their parents as a feedback which is now lacking and none can pinpoint any such mistake that are reported only by an honest teacher which is a rare case. I would suggest to change the system and pay cash to the students the amount of the price of the set of books and hand over the transportation to the books sellers as in the past, and save the transport charges as the exchequer is already facing deficit and no new sources of income have been created by the provincial governments in the last fifteen years except raising taxes. .. Prof. Rahmat Karim Baig, Chitral 07 Dec 2017

Will the truth about Rawalpindi dharna ever surface?

Published on: 27/11/2017 | Comments: 2 comments 

Chitral 😕 The dirtiest 22 days of Pakistan’s governance history have just come to an ignominious end. The law breaking protesters who had blocked the main highway in the heart of the capital were allowed to have the last hurrah after the government put it’s hands up and shamelessly handed over the the defiled baby it had created to the army. Mysteriously the situation calmed down soon after that. So many questions arise in the mind of an average educated person in this regard, some being:

  1. ? Why were the protesters allowed to travel freely from Lahore to Islamabad in the first instance when they had announced their intention well in advance.?
  2. .? After reaching Islamabad why were they allowed to take up position at such a crucial arterial point of the capital.?
  3. ? Why was food and supplies allowed to them freely when they had camped in the middle of the highway.?
  4. ? Why no effort was made at negotiating with them in the first two weeks.?
  5. ?When an inquiry report about the matter of the constitutional amendment was conducted, why was the same not made public as everyone including the protesters were demanding.?
  6. ? Why did the government take so long (18 days) to decide to attempt enforcing the law through the police etc. Why not on the first day of road blockade.?
  7. ?Why did the government launch the road clearing operation without equipping the law enforcing agencies with the requisite equipment/weaponry as required for such operations.?
  8. ?Why did the dharna come to a halt the moment the army intervened. Why did the army not intervene on the third or fourth day after seeing the inability of the govt to tackle the problem.?
  9. ?Why were the law breakers and miscreants set free immediately after the deal was arrived with the dharna leaders.?
  10. ? Why were the released miscreants given a check of Rs 1000 by the government as travel expense to their homes.?

? ? ?Pakistan is at it’s lowest ebb in the realm of governance. The parliamentary system of government is bleeding the country ruthlessly. Incompetent political leaders in power as a result of this system have ruined the bureaucracy and the law enforcing agencies by? promoting favoritism instead of meritocracy .?

? ? ?Pakistan needs answers to the above questions about the Rawalpindi dharna before anything else .. CN report, 27 Oct 2017? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??

Three govt personnel arrested for corruption in Chitral

Published on: 23/11/2017 | Comments: No comments 

Chitral .. Three govt personnel two belonging to the food department and one to the revenue department have been arrested after inquiry on charges of corruption to the tune of many million rupees, as reported by a local urdu news website chitralmail. According to the reporter, Abdul Jalil food grain supervisor and his accomplice Usman Khan have been arrested for swindling 12 million rupees from the government exchequer and inquiry against many other personnel is also underway. The third accused arrested was Yasir Ali who got himself employed as patwari against a fake certificate. The Anti corruption officer Chitral Muhammad Yaqub said no one would be spared who has indulged in corruption ... CN report, 23 Nov 2017