CPDI-TAF releases its third annual report on State of Budget Transparency in Pakistan.

Byline: Rafique Junejo

LARKANA -- The CPDI has released its third annual report on the 'State of Budget Transparency in Pakistan'. The report pointed out shortcomings in the budgeting process at the federal and provincial levels and calls for budget proposals to be widely discussed with civic groups, government agencies and key stakeholders. According to the report monthly, quarterly or annual reports on budget implementation should be shared with the public and audit reports should be uploaded on the Auditor General's websites on a regular basis. In addition, the participation of citizens in the budgeting process should be given legal protection and government agencies should be required to consult with the citizens during the various stages of the budget making process. In particular, the role of MPAs should be enhanced during budget formulation and its implementation. While talking with elected representatives, LG representatives, CSOs and media persons during stakeholders' dialogue on transparent budgeting organized by member organization of CNBA (Citizens Network for Budget Accountability, The Aware Foundation (TAF) Imran Ali said that for the past decade, CPDI has been working to improve the budgeting process in Pakistan from the district to the federal...

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