Federal government decides to revisit NFC Award and the 18th Amendment

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Federal government decides to revisit NFC Award and the 18th Amendment

ISLAMABAD: Federal government decides to revisit NFC Award and the 18th Amendment.

In a major development, the federal government has decided to revisit the National Finance Commission (NFC) award and 18th Amendment, a private TV channel reported on Sunday.

According to sources, the federal government has contacted several political parties for the key changes in the NFC award and 18th Amendment. Some political parties have assured support to the Centre for the changes in the NFC award and the 18th Amendment, added sources.

Meanwhile, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has said some flaws have been noticed in the 18th Amendment.

He said 18th Amendment was a step in right direction, but the process is incomplete yet as it gave powers to provincial governments, but the local governments are still powerless.

He said problems cannot be resolved until the federal and provincial governments work in coordination.

Speaking in ‘Naya Pakistan’ programme of Geo News hosted by Shahzad Iqbal, Asad Umar said the Centre doesn’t want to take back any powers from provinces neither it is the war of powers.

He said the Centre wants to work with provinces in coordination for development of the country. He said all the political parties must sit together to discuss the issue.

The minister said a secretariat of Council of Common Interests (CCI) was to be made after 18th Amendment, but the previous two governments did not set up such secretariat.

However, he said, the federal cabinet has now decided to establish the CCI secretariat.