Revisiting 2019; What is Next?

The year 2019 stayed ‘harsh one’ for us-the people of Pakistan. Besides observing the highest US Dollar rate, we witnessed the highest ever price of Tomato. In the race of marking new prices, the Lemons were not remaining far behind during the Holy months of Ramazan. The farmers called many protests throughout the year, to have subsidies on the fundamental commodities of farming, but all went in vain. The launching of new initiatives for people of Pakistan under the PTI’s flagship remained in government’s focus. Indeed, the government launched various initiatives throughout 2019. In the age of Science and Technology, the government has continuously been engaging in reminding the nation that we are living in the second decade.

In October 2019, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry ruined all hopes people had attached with government by giving a strange statement “Instead, I want to tell you that the government is going to disband 400 departments.” Here it is necessary to mention that PTI-government topmost priorities were to create 10 million jobs and to building 5 million houses.

Second decade.  Of course, second decade!

But, for the government, it seemed like it was the second decade of the first century.

First-century? Yes, it looks for PTI-led government the Georgian calendar started on the day PM Imran Khan came in power.

No. No, it’s not like that. It’s not the reason.

Yes, it is. The PTI led-government in its first year launched the ‘Chicken and Egg’ project for the people of Pakistan to encourage Chicken farming on house level in the era of modern technology and industrialization.

What else did the government launch? Nothing except ‘Chicken and Egg’ because the country has excessive availability of Chicken and Egg. Maybe it was due to the Hamza Shahbaz’s owned-chicken forms. Let me remind the government to file another case against Hamza Shahbaz for establishing such a large chicken farm, near Lahore.

Oops, sorry, I am also suggesting another case against PML-n leader. Infect, suggested it unintentionally as we heard the news of different cases against the PML-n throughout the year 2019. So, our mind used to direct for another charge against PML-n leaders for any happening.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also stayed careful in saving money as the nation is facing a strong economic deficit. His worries can be tracked by his government allocation 88.1 billion after cutting 45% of Higher Education Commission’s total demand i.e. 158.5 billion, in the Budget 2019-20. PM Khan’s every step is synchronized with the other, and it should be. Why a government should allocate the exact demanded amount when people don’t have the material capacity to buy basic food commodities?

Following the PM Khan’s vision, the government also launched another initiative for the young people of Pakistan, entitled ‘Kamyab Jawan’. The programme was launched to keep in view the country’s need for accommodating the young generation- which is 68% of the total population of the country. Previously, Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also launched a complex initiative ‘Prime Minister’s Youth Programme’.

The PM Sharif’s initiative comprises several schemes i.e. Prime Minister’s Interest-Free Loan Scheme, Prime Minister’s Youth Business Loans, Prime Minister’s Youth Training Scheme, Prime Minister’s Youth Skills Development Scheme, Prime Minister’s Scheme for Provision of Laptops and Prime Minister’s Scheme for Reimbursement of Fee of Students from the Less Developed Areas.  Prime Minister Khan could utilize the established imitative to serve the youth, but he didn’t. Maybe he didn’t want to utilize the opportunity because the platform was established by the PM Nawaz Sharif and may be he want to have an initiated project for youth during the next general elections campaign 2023.

PM Khan’s moves of reshuffling the cabinet also remained the hot topic of daily sittings.The intensity of criticism marked the new height with Asad Umar’s resignations forms Minister of Finance. Actually, the criticism was due, because whenever the general public particularly media persons, asked about anything about finance and economy, PM Khan always handed over the mic to Asad Umar during his election campaign either it was of 2013 or 2018. The removal of for the post of finance Minister within 8 months was also an indicator of PM Khan’s weak decisions.

Like other commodities, Patrol remained part of Pricing Increasing race. the patrol price in January 2019 was Rs 90.91, while we end-up the year with petrol price Rs 113.99. Overall, the increase of Rs 23.08 was observed thought in 2019. In October 2019, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry ruined all hopes people attached with PTI’s government by giving a strange statement “Instead, I want to tell you that the government is going to disband 400 departments”.

Here it is necessary to mention that PTI-government topmost priorities were to create 10 million jobs and to building 5 million houses. The minister has clarified that the government could not provide jobs, however, the status of houses is still blurred. Maybe the governments would issue a tender for the machinery needed to produce the necessary building materials for building the claimed houses.

Recently, PM Khan stated in a ceremony ‘The vision of the previous governments of making Pakistan an ‘Asian Tiger’ was a small vision and that turning the country into a model state like Medina is reflective of a better though’. I just want to ask from PM Khan, you have completed the almost one and half year of governance, how long you would declare the previous government the reason for ongoing crises? Did the suggestion of appointing Asad Umar on the position of Finance Minister was also given by the previous government? Why the tomatoes and lemon prices were not been much hiked during the initial six or eight months of your governance?

Last month, PM Khan showed the ray of hope by terming 2020 year of progress, development, alleviation of poverty and creation of jobs for the people. I wish it will be, but PM Khan needs to understand that nations neither get progress with undue yet closely-monitored departments nor by the reshuffling the cabinet in a short span of time. Even the nations do not prosper by declaring previous rulers as the reason for current ongoing crises.

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