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GCAP Pakistan Demands Budget for MDGs

“We Demand Budget for MDGs”

GCAP Pakistan Holds Pre-budget Seminar in Islamabad

Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) Pakistan, Awaz Foundation Pakistan and Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights (JDHR) has jointly organized a pre budget seminar. The policy seminar aimed at urging the governments to make a clear plan for achieving MDGs and back the plans with budgetary allocations. The ability to achieve the MDGs and sustain success however depends, on whether or not we invest in basic services to achieve the MDGs for our future generation and prosperity of the country.

Shafqat Munir President JDHR set the scene for debate and emphasized that MDGs are not luxurious concessions but very basic services to be, otherwise, dispensed with at local level. The government needs to generate resources and spend them on people through local representatives. To effectively provide these services, there is an immediate need for restoration of local governments with strong governance mechanism and financial independence and accountability and monitoring of the system by citizens. On resource mobilization for MDGs, he demanded imposition of tax on agriculture income. He exclaimed “It is ironic that the rich are paying peanuts in tax while the poor paying billions in terms of indirect taxes”, The speakers on this occasion reminded that Pakistan had committed to invest to achieve MDGs at UN MDGs Summit in September 2010 in New York and SAARC Summit in 2010 in Dhaka (read more...)

 

 

 

GCAP-Pakistan organised a pre-budget seminar demanding budget for the MDGs 

 


Government urged to allocate 10pc of GDP to achieve MDGs

 

Economists and civil society representatives have demanded that the government allocate at least 10 percent of GDP for education, health, safe drinking water, sanitation and basic infrastructure to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

This was the gist of a pre-budget seminar on “We Demand Budget for MDGs” held on Saturday. They pointed out that India is spending nine percent of its GDP on health and education, but Pakistan spends less than three percent in these two areas (0.6 percent on health and 2.1 percent on education).

Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) Pakistan, Awaz Foundation Pakistan and Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights (JDHR) jointly organised the seminar. Senior economist from Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir said the country needs to decentralise the development budget at districts level by allocating Rs2 billion per year for consecutive ten years so that all districts can plan and implement their development needs. “Putting all districts in competition can produce good results. We need to rationalise subsidies limiting it to a few food items to end hunger, the first MDG.” Nasir called for linking up the economy with MDGs. “We need political commitment to ensure services delivery under MDGs commitments.” (read more...)