Syed Mustafa Kamal, Chairman of the Pak Sarzameen Party, stated on Friday that the powers were intended to fall to lower levels under the 18th Constitutional Amendment. The provincial administrations, on the other hand, seized the powers after the change, he added.
He believes that power should be delegated from the centre to the lowest levels. He claimed that devolution of power solved difficulties. He claimed that Article 140A defined the local government system.
Article 140A of the Constitution states: “Each province shall, establish a local government system and devolve political, administrative and financial responsibility and authority to the elected representatives of the local governments.”
Mustafa Kamal said the Sindh government received Rs1,200 billion annually including Rs1,000 billion from the federation under the National Finance Commission (NFC), but the government did not transfer the money to the local government.
The PSP chairman said corruption was on the rise in Sindh. He said the funds were never distributed among districts in the province.
On January 31, Mustafa Kamal had said that a resource allocation formula under the Provincial Finance Commission was the prime demand of his party before the Sindh government.
Kamal, leading a protest sit-in against the Sindh Local Bodies Act at the Fawwara Chowk, in his media talk, had said that unfortunately billions of rupees sent by the federal government got stuck in the Sindh Chief Minister House rather than going to the districts.
“We want the Sindh government to make a system under the Provincial Finance Commission. We have made a draft that encapsulates a proper mechanism which sheds light on the provision of financial resources to the districts,” he had said.