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Provincial economic policy

As the new provincial governments are finding their feet in a rather very difficult economic environment, it is important to fix the problems at the root. This means setting aside…

A government in contempt

Those who thought that sanity would return to the ranks of the government, and that they would take the requisite steps to facilitate the holding of elections for the Punjab…

Governance for local government: Part – IV

The rules of business have to be changed accordingly. It would be imperative that the chief executive officers of metropolitan corporations and large district councils are appointed from among Grade…

Governance for local government: Part – II

The fragmentation of development projects into small schemes catered to the narrow interests of the local communities without any sense of priority, linkages, or widespread coverage. Ideally, the transfer of…

Governance for local governments: Part – I

This article is divided into three parts. The first part deals with ‘why local government?’ The second with experiences during the 2001-2009 period and finally in the third part it…

Cash surplus of provincial govts

The role of the four provincial governments has increased after the 18th Amendment. They have also become entitled to a larger share in the Federal Divisible Pool of taxes after…

Repairing provincial finance

Most of the discussion and discourse on public finances has remained focused on the federal government and FBR. The analysis of provincial finances has been sketchy and shallow, although it…

Federal govt must not fuel provincialism

In 1997 general elections PML-N won a two third majority in parliament bagging 137 seats with PPP trailing with 18 seats. This unprecedented heavy mandate ended well before the end…