BOONI: The District Council Chitral on Tuesday passed a Rs4.69 billion revised budget for the fiscal year 2019-20, a major chunk of which – Rs3.95 billion – would be spent to met salary and non-salary expenses.
The budget session of the house was held at Booni, the headquarters of the newly-created Upper Chitral district, with naib nazim Molana Abdul Shakoor in the chair.
As soon as the budget proposals were presented, the house passed them after a short discussion.
Addressing the session, District Nazim Maghfirat Shah said when the elections for the local government were held four years ago the PTI government in KP had made tall claims that powers were being devolved to the people at the grassroots level. However, as the time passed these claims turned out to be hollow.
The nazim complained that the provincial government never missed a chance to create hurdles in the smooth functioning of the local government and made unnecessary and unjustified delays in the release of funds.
Deputy Commissioner Upper Chitral Shah Saud told the house that he was making all-out efforts to serve the people of the new district and would always be available for them.
Through a resolution, the members demanded that the annual Shandur polo festival should be arranged under the district administration.
Reporting: Syed Nazir Hussain Shah