Poverty in Balochistan

Published November 8, 2016

ACCORDING to multidimensional poverty index statistics, 71 per cent people of Balochistan are living in multidimensional poverty. The districts which have reported an increase in poverty are Panjgur, Harnai and Kila Abdullah. It is unfortunate that despite being abundant in natural resources, the province has seen a marked escalation in relative and absolute poverty.

Despite this, the Balochistan government has allocated Rs30 billion for law and order in the 2016- 2017 budget.The apportion of such a huge amount for non-development in a province, where people are living in miserable conditions, makes us hang our head in despair.

Balochistan needs more funds to enhance human development, improve education quality and health services, besides providing shelter, food and potable drinking water to the people.

I request the provincial authorities to take measures to improve the living standard of the people of Balochistan.

Qazi Khurshid Baloch

Panjgur

Published in Dawn November 8th, 2016

Opinion

Editorial

Another U-turn?
Updated 07 Oct, 2022

Another U-turn?

The PTI’s decision to take back its resignations could herald a twist in the tussle playing out in Islamabad.
Renewed TTP threat
07 Oct, 2022

Renewed TTP threat

THE interior ministry’s call for ‘extreme vigilance’ and instructions to security forces to conduct ‘search...
Women’s gala in GB
07 Oct, 2022

Women’s gala in GB

REGRESSIVE forces, once again, nearly had their way — this time in Gilgit-Baltistan. A three-day sporting gala for...
‘Draconian’ law
06 Oct, 2022

‘Draconian’ law

THE debate over what it means to be ‘sadiq’ and ‘ameen’ has reignited after the incumbent Supreme Court ...
Welcome clarity
Updated 06 Oct, 2022

Welcome clarity

There needs to be consensus amongst all political actors that matters of governance should be the exclusive domain of civilians.
Car purchases
06 Oct, 2022

Car purchases

IF we are in the market to buy a new car, we end up paying a significantly large amount as premium over the sticker...