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Media discusses budget and parliament

June & July have been critical months in national parliamentary schedule because of federal budget presentation in the parliament and then discussion on it to approval. Generally nations anticipate their parliaments to discuss national budgets and come up with ideas and proposals of their well being.

I come across the findings of the report of Free & Fair Election Network – FAFEN entitled FAFEN Parliament Monitor. The report reveals the facts that how much our parliament took hassle to discuss federal budget 2010-11 in NA 23rd budget session.

Just to highlight a brief of findings of that report I have collected some figures:

Only 114 out of 340 members took part in budgetary discussion i.e. 33% (June 03rd to June 30th 2010).

Majority of the parliamentarians commented generally about terrorism and power shortage.

Out of 660 cut motions introduced aiming to decrease 41 of government and 183 proposed budgetary allocations or demand for grants not a single cut motion was successful.

44% female and 30.6% male parliamentarians took part in general debate on budget.

Majority of parliamentary leaders were absent in the process. The leader of opposition was present in 14 sittings out of 21 [66.6%]. The leader of PML attended 9 sessions [42.8%]. The leader of MQM attended 6 sittings [28.5]. The ANP leaser attended 3 sittings [14.25%].

Before saying anything kindly let me say it; what a dilemma? The country that is rich in resources and only needs leadership to mobilize is witnessing the behavior of their parliament free of seriousness. Or we can derive by fake degree and incompetence of parliamentarians reports of media that our parliament is even not capable to discuss the core of budgetary dynamics.

It has been for a week or two that different clusters of parliament have been criticizing media on revealing the issue of fake degrees and incompetence of parliamentarians. But unfortunately it is media that has been debating problems and solutions of national economy more than our honorable parliamentarians.

It was from May 2010 that the Media of Pakistan started discussing national economic and budgetary preferences. They have been organizing seminars, conferences and TV programs on the said issue and with no doubt what media has highlighted have to be remitted in the parliament by members for brain storming and decision making. But I think parliamentarians only sees fake degree discussions and political point scoring programs on television with zeal.

It is really unfortunate that the interest of 180 million people of Pakistan is not supreme in the parliament of Pakistan but the honor of 340 people has to be protected by ignoring and not revealing their corruption myths. What sort of hypocrisy is this? I can agree by seeing parliamentary democracy’s history that the graduation clause was unfair by the dictator but who will ensure the capability of parliamentarians in solving the national issues. Even to the extent of their interest in affairs of the nation.

After seeing the interest of our parliamentarians I think we need to propose a new amendment in constitution that allows showing TV programs in parliament on national issues. I hope this can add to their intellect on national issues. I have no issue whether they write Judiciary, Journalists and Jenerals [General] to make it “Triple J” but being a citizen of Pakistan I am interested in my parliamentarians to be well skillful and interested in management of our national priorities. Economy & budgeting is on top of the list anyways.

In today’s age parliament is worthless if they have no capability of solving public interest. Media in nothing but it is the voice of a nation. If democracy means supremacy of public interest so voice of the nation is always supreme. If we see our that media is promoting our national interest whereby they discuss national budget more than our worthy parliamentarians so we can tolerate some drawbacks of media but if our own elected parliamentarians are lesser interested to discuss national budget & economy so our interest can sunk from their presence in parliament.

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Mr. Omer

Mr. Omer [1982 born] started  his professional career as a commercial / investment banker after achieving Gold Medal in Finance at master level from University of Karachi in 2006.

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