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Budgets of Chitral districts okayed.

CHITRAL -- The district council on Saturday approved the 2019-20 budgets of Lower and Upper Chitral for the current fiscal.

The Lower and Upper Chitral's budgets amounted to Rs3.276 billion and Rs1.434 billion, respectively.

District nazim Maghfirat Shah presented the budget, the first after the bifurcation of Chitral district, in the council's session and sought the approval of a separate budget for Upper Chitral, where own administration was in place.

Nazim praises councillors for delivering goods

He said the budgetary proposals contained both salary and non-salary components but they didn't include Rs558.047 million, which remained unutilised during the last financial year.

Mr Shah praised councillors for serving people in their respective constituencies during the last four years despite a lack of the government's patronage and creation of hurdles by it.

He said the district was badly affected by flash floods in the last four years causing Rs18 billion damage to roads, bridges, drinking water schemes, irrigation channels, and hydropower houses.

'Under such circumstances in 2015, elected members of the local bodies rose to the occasion and did their best to ease the misery of the people in distress. They delivered amazingly well despite having meagre resources on their disposal,' he said.

The nazim said his government, which was to complete term at the end of the current month, had the development of the Chitral Growth Strategy to its credit.

'The Chitral Growth Strategy is a complete document for the district's sustainable development. It will be helpful for donors and implementing organisations,' he said.

Mr Shah said the approval of the federal government to re-open Durah Pass of Gobor valley and Arandu for trade with Afghanistan had became possible due to the relentless efforts of the district government and that would bring about prosperity and progress in the area.

Chairman of the district development advisory committee Wazir Zada, Lower Chitral DC Naveed Ahmad and Upper Chitral DC Shah Masood, who were also in attendance, congratulated councillors for completing their term in office and working for the people's development and poverty reduction in the region.

They said even after the dissolution of the district council, the administration would continue giving due importance to the opinion of the councillors for the execution of development schemes.

The house unanimously approved the budget.

Opposition leader Rahmat Ghazi of the PTI praised the district government for maintaining the best possible working relationship with the opposition and accommodating its views and proposals in the matters of management and development.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 18, 2019
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