I often ask my self that would I be able to live long enough to see corruption free Pakistan? I don’t want to be pessimistic, but when we see current state of affairs specially in Pakistan then its all negativity which prevails my senses, is cm of Punjab doing enough to eradicate the culture of corruption soon I will entertain the topic of illegal buildings and the mafia behind it but for now I want to discuss a press release which was issued by the cm staff regarding expenditures of cm house as it was commonly heard that cm & his staff is totally ignoring the austerity drive of Imran Khan and spending too much but the report which is issued by Buzdar”s staff indicates otherwise as they have compared there expenditures with the previous administrations and stated an important fact regarding the tenure of Shehbaz Sharif that official CM house was totally neglected due to which initially renovation had to made to make cm and his family feel comfortable I hope to get the feedback of my readers and for them I have elaborated few points of the statement.
The building of 7-club road is many decades old and after former Chief ministers Manzoor Wattoo and Sardar Asif Nakai, this building has not been used as CM’s residence. It was declared as an office in the first tenure of Shahbaz Sharif. This building was remained neglected with very few staff in the tenure of Gen. Retd. Pervaiz Musharaf as governor house was the center point of all activities. Ch. Pervaiz Elahi, during his CM-ship, used this building as his office for some time, whereas Shahbaz Sharif during his two tenures of ten years visited here perhaps 15, 20 times. Former CM Shahbaz Sharif merely used 7- Club Road as his office. Offices of 96-H and 180-H Model Town were the pivot of his political and government activities
Chief Minister’s Office Expenditures spent during the current and previous governments for the renovation and maintenance of CM’s residence at 7-Club Road and his Office on 8-Club Road Lahore. According to the spokesman, not that much amount was spent on renovation of aging 7-club road, which were used by the previous government in the name of this abandoned CM Office. . According to the spokesman, Usman Buzdar after holding the portfolio of Punjab Chief Minister started using 7-Club Road as his residence. The 7- Club Road building was in a dilapidated condition due to the negligence spanning over many decades, therefore, renovation and maintenance of this building is utmost necessary to make it worth living place. During the last fiscal year 2018-19, Communication & Works department spent Rs.2.30 crore on the repair and maintenance of 7- Club Road whereas only Rs.54 lakh were spent in the first six months of the current fiscal year in this regard. C&W department spent Rs.2.36 crore in the fiscal year 2016-17 and Rs.2.85 crore in the fiscal year 2017-18 in the same head when CM was not residing here.
It is worth mentioning that 7- Club Road is the only residence of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar which has office and meeting rooms & it is said that Usman Buzdar is residing in 7-Club Road, spokesman of CM says that the expenditures made on this building are much less than the amount spent in the previous governments which reflects the austerity policy of Buzdar’s government. It is also projected that Buzdar’s government is utilizing the people’s money honestly. CM”s spokesperson also accuses previous Governments and says that previously resources were being utilized for personal interest & Under the austerity policy of cm only poshish of the furniture has been changed instead of purchasing new furniture. Drain pipes of toilets and worn out curtains have been changed.
The new curtains have been purchased at the rate of Rs.180 per sq feet. It is being said that no luxurious furniture for the building has been bought by this administration. According to rules, CM can give high-tea or dinner in meetings and the expenditures are met under entertainment and gifts.
Spokesperson says that Rs.5.38 crore were spent in the year 2018-19 and Rs.2.04 crore in the first six months of current fiscal year in the Heed’s of Entertainment or Gifts in comparison previous administration of Sharif spent Rs. 8.61 crore from the national exchequer in 2016-17 and Rs.8.99 crores were spent in 2017-18 in the Heed’s of Entertainment and Gift. The spokesman further clarifies that Chief Minister annexe was being used from 2004 as a VVIPs guest house and following the tradition the same uses for the residence of Prime Minister, advisors and federal ministers. From May 2018 to May 2019, federal ministers, advisors and other federal officers used this annexe. However, these facts can also not be ignored that during the tenure of the previous government, 2-College Road GOR-I and 22/B GOR-III were used as guest houses. But Chief Minister Usman Buzdar used his only office for meetings with guests coming from Taunsa and DG Khan. The spokesman said that purchase of gold and silver plated crockery has never been purchased for CM office and added that the news given in this regard is baseless and contradicts the facts. It is worth mentioning that only Rs. 9 lac was spent in last fiscal year in the heed of crockery and in the first six months of current year Rs.1 lac only has been spent under the heed. Whereas, Rs.9 lakh were spent in the year 2016-17 and Rs.11 lakh were spent for purchasing crockery in the year 2017-18. Funds utilized for all necessary expenditures are much lesser than the funds utilized during the previous tenure.
DETAILS OF EXPENDITURES IN CM OFFICE
Entertainment & gifts
Financial year 2016-17 Rs.86.198 million
Financial year 2017-18 Rs.89.991 million
Financial year 2018-19 Rs.53.818 million
Financial year 2019-20 (till Nov.) Rs.20.451 million
Financial year 2016-17 Rs.0.741 million
Financial year 2017-18 Rs.0.641 million
Financial year 2018-19 Rs.1.499 million
Financial year 2019-20 (till Dec.) Rs.0.498 million
Financial year 2016-17 Rs.30.318 million
Financial year 2017-18 Rs.34.999 million
Financial year 2018-19 Rs.21.918 million
Financial year 2019-20 (till Dec.) Rs.12.409million
Repair of vehicles
Financial year 2016-17 Rs.62.905 million
Financial year 2017-18 Rs.42.499 million
Financial year 2018-19 Rs.29.396 million
Financial year 2019-20 (till Dec.) Rs.07.125 million
Repair & maintenance of (Communication & Works Deptt.)
Financial year 2016-17 Rs.23.656 million
Financial year 2017-18 Rs.28.579 million
Financial year 2018-19 Rs.23.056 million
Financial year 2019-20 (till Jan.) Rs.05.481 million
Wages of contract employees of CM’s Office
Financial year 2017-18 Rs.66.499 million
Financial year 2018-19 Rs.01.980 million
Financial year 2019-20 (till Dec.) Rs.00.825 million