CHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said the federal government and not the Punjab government has reservations over the handing over of GST on services to the provinces.
Talking to media men at an Iftar dinner hosted by the leader of the opposition in Sindh Assembly Jam Madad Ali here Friday, Qaim Ali Shah said that Sindh demanded distribution of the divisible pool on horizontal basis while Punjab asking for vertical distribution.
Qaim Ali Shah said that there was no example in the world where the divisible pool is distributed on population basis. Everywhere it is either horizontal or based on multiple factors, which are taken into account while dividing the federal divisible pool into its units, he argued.
Responding to a question about losses of Rs193 billion that Sindh had suffered over the past 35 years because of existing population-based formula for the NFC award.
Qaim Ali Shah said that provincial government would make efforts through constitutional means to recover these losses suffered over the last three decades because of the uneven distribution of the divisible pool.
Responding to another query about local bodies system, the Chief Minister said that three provinces had already rejected the existing local bodies system.
However, we want to improve this system by making certain amendments with the consultations of our coalition partners. Restoration of old district status both of Karachi and Hyderabad will also come under discussion to make amendments in the existing local government system, he added.
On the occasion, talking to the media, opposition leader in Sindh Assembly Jam Madad Ali said that the opposition fully supports the strong stance taken by the provincial government on NFC Award. He said the excesses done to Sindh during last many years in the distribution of divisible pool should redeemed and the province was given its due share and rights so that the welfare and development projects were launched across the board throughout the province for the welfare of the people of various areas.
The Iftar dinner was attended by the provincial ministers, advisors, members of opposition in Sindh Assembly and politicians of various political parties.