This week 50 years ago: KMC budget and Mansur Aye paintings – Journal
THE new fiscal year was about to begin. Unlike today, where only federal and provincial government budget announcements are highlighted in the press, civic organizations such as the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) and the Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) have also been given prominence. wanted in order to emphasize how much they planned to use their financial resources.
Thus, on June 23, 1971, the administrator of the KMC, Abrar Hasan Khan, presented a budget showing a deficit of Rs23 lakhs for the financial year 1971-72. To close the gap between estimated total expenditure and estimated revenue, no new tax has been proposed. Rather, the Administrator was determined to close the shortfall in long-standing arrears collections. In his speech, he claimed that collections from government and other departments set a new record with a collection of Rs90 lakhs. In the coming year, more emphasis will be placed on the collection of arrears. Mr Khan stressed that attention was paid to providing citizens with a better sewage system, more playgrounds, recreation centers, primary schools, hospitals, construction of roads and maintenance of old. He added that for the new quarters of PECHS, KCHSU and Drigh, KMC had already spent Rs24 lakhs and offered to spend Rs1.25 crore over the next year.
The next day, that is to say on June 24, a “balanced” budget was presented by the administrator of the municipal committee of Landhi-Korangi (LKMC), Zahooruddin Ahmed, showing an income of Rs 1 72 83 800 and an expenditure of Rs. 1.72, 83,657. Giving details about this at a press conference at the council chamber of the commune, he said that no new tax was proposed for the zoned. He also pointed out that over the next 12 months, the municipality will devote its energies and resources to the development of the whole region and focus more on education, road construction, health, electricity. and recreational facilities.
Although the empowerment of women is considered a movement that is not very old in our country, it was during the time when the impact of budget allocations made by the government on housewives was worthy of note. be mentioned in newspapers. On June 27, it was reported that housewives had welcomed the exemption from import duties in whole or in part on baby food, stockings, needles, eggs, milk, butter and ghee under the new budget. Recently, the prices of baby food and condensed milk had increased. Another good news for housewives was the sales tax exemption on edible products, whether locally made or imported, such as bread, rolls, naans, sour cream, butter. , ghee, fruits, vegetables and meat, etc.
From the Economics to the Artistic of Karachi: On June 23, a review on the eve of master Mansur Aye’s exhibition praised his creative prowess. The reviewer wrote: “Mansur Aye still loves the round face and big blue eyes but his new paintings now have a firework display of light, transparent and sometimes thick colors. His current solo exhibition at the Pakistan Art Gallery, which presents 38 oils, holds many pleasant and aesthetically satisfying surprises. Aye uses color with abandon revealing strong traces of commercial art and a whole new chemistry of pigments.
Posted in Dawn, June 21, 2021