KP legalizes helicopter use by ministers, civil servants

Bill states CM may hire aircraft/helicopter from open market or requisition it from PAF

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was on Tuesday informed that through KP Ministers Salaries, Allowances and Privileges (Amendment), Bill 2022 that the “Chief Minister may allow a minister or public servant to use an aircraft or helicopter of the government for official use at government expenses”.

The bill was moved by Minister for Labour Shaukat Ali Yousafzai in the proceedings chaired by Deputy Speaker Mahmood Jan in the chair. The bill was passed by the House with majority. The bill states that the Chief Minister may hire an aircraft or helicopter from open market or requisition it from Pakistan Air Force or federal government for official use, at the cost of government, in accordance with the rules made on its behalf by the PAF or federal government.

Similarly, the House also passed a private member bill, KP Transport Employees Regularization Services, Bill 2022 and tabled the KP Regularization of Employees of District Governance and Community Development Project Bill, 2022. The bills were moved by MPA Nighat Orakzai of PPP and Minister for Local Government Faisal Amin Gandapur respectively.

Minister for Labour Shaukat Yousafzai presented a resolution over worst inflation in the history of the country. Minister for Finance Taimur Salim Jhagra said that a joint resolution should be passed from the House after holding debate on inflation and deferred the resolution. Finance Minister Timur Salim Jhagra said that the country was facing a financial and political crisis at the moment, in addition to floods and security challenges. He also pointed out some of the problems created by floods and security and financial crisis.

Minister for Finance through a question of Shahida Waheed said that Rs68 billion was collected by KP government from the center under the head of NHP in one year and nine months during the previous government led by PTI. The Finance Minister clarified that if the province does not receive Rs60 billion from the center during the current fiscal year, the responsibility for the financial crisis would fall on the federal government.

He said that KP government achieved two successes during the last nine years. In 2015-16, the former chief minister made an agreement with the federation under which KP government started getting money every year for NHP. The agreement included a clause according to which NHP would receive money per unit every year with an increase of five percent annually, which was not being implemented by WAPD and the federal government.

He said the KP government filed a case in Council of Common Interest (CCI) and this issue was challenged in NEPRA on the basis of minutes, but the relevant authorities refused to accept the agreement.