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PTI leader questions ‘additional spending’ from taxpayers’ money

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Andleeb Abbas has written a letter to the principal secretary to the chief minister, invoking Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 and seeking “certified information” about spending of budget over and above the one passed by the Punjab Assembly.

In her letter as a ‘citizen of Pakistan’, Ms Abbas has stated that the budget estimates for 2015-16 for the Chief Minister’s Secretariat were passed by the Punjab Assembly to the tune of Rs344.2 million. However, these were revised to Rs572.464 million, meaning an additional Rs228.26 million (66 percent more) were spent on the CM secretariat.

Stating that since that was taxpayer’s money and according to the Punjab Assembly rules, Chapter XVI, no supplementary budget could be approved without consent of the assembly, Ms Andleeb has sought certified information to know when and where did the assembly approve 66pc hike in the budget for CM Secretariat for fiscal year 2015-16. She also sought details of where that additional taxpayers’ money was spent.

She also sought certified information on the taxpayers’ money being spent on personal residences of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif during the 2015-16 fiscal.

Ms Abbas further asked, “Why have personal residences of chief minister Shahbaz Sharif been converted into six camp offices? What are the expenses of these camp offices and with which budget are they being funded? Has the Punjab Assembly been taken into confidence on converting the residences into camp offices? What are the security and maintenance expenses of Jati Umra residence and why are they being funded by taxpayers’ money?” She demanded that the response on her questions be provided within 14 days as specified in the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013.

courtesy : dawn news

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