Centre-centric mindset against implementing 18th Constitutional amendment: Rabbani

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ISLAMABAD, May 31 (APP):Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani Tuesday said centre-centric mindset, having roots in all political parties and bureaucracy, was against implementing 18th Constitutional amendment in its true spirit.

Speaking in a seminar titled “Policy Dialogue Future of Fiscal
Federalism in Pakistan”, he said “The British colonialism still haunts us. The federation could not be strengthened without granting monetary powers to Senate of Pakistan”, he added.

The civil society and youth should play their role to put the country on right track, he urged.

The seminar was organized by Rural Development Policy
Institute (RDPI) and Inter-University Consortium on Promotion of Social Sciences Centre for Policy Studies Comsats Institute of Information Technology (IUCPPS).

“Powers of small federating units must not be grabbed as such adventure could pose serious dangers to the
federation. It is imperative to announce National Finance Commission Award (NFC) each year. He demanded census for correct allocation of resources”, he warned.

He said provinces should constitute their own provincial NFCs
for resource allocation to lower tiers of the province.