New hopes as PORALG budget increased

THERE is every reasons for Tanzanians to smile, after tabling in the Parliament of the proposed 2023/24 budget for the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments (PORALG).

It is on record that the budget has increased by 3.4 per cent compared to the allocation made in the current fiscal year, with focus on driving people’s development and national wellbeing.

Tabling the budget estimates in the National Assembly, Minister for the docket, Ms Angellah Kairuki, asked the House to endorse a 9.1tri/- budget for the ministry for the coming financial year.

Local governments are important in many aspects; they can initiate a community’s economic planning efforts, to build on their official community plan and role of shaping community growth and determining land use.

Local Government Authorities (LGAs) possess traditional roles of securing a stable business and service delivery environment at the community level.

LGAs are in a good move towards playing its role by striking their efforts in business empowerment support including provision of soft loans, business infrastructure and local investment support.

Also, LGAs makes progress in social service support through ensuring supply of water, electricity and schools that trigger economic development and service delivery facilitation.

The Parliament had endorsed 8.8tri/- for the ministry’s 2022/23 budget, which is to say the next budget will see an increase of 0.3tri/-, if the MPs accept the request.

According to Minister Kairuki, the increase means that the development budget will be about 3.5tri/-, up from 3.3tri/- of the current budget.

The ministry plans to spend about 5.7tri/- for recurrent expenditure, increasing from 5.5tri/- allocated in the current financial year. The minister asked the august House to pass the budget for it to fund among others, the Teachers’ Service Commission and a total of 184 district councils in all regions.

Out of the requested amount for the development budget, 2.36tri/- will come from foreign sources. In implementing the next budget, the ministry has highlighted

a number of priorities, including collecting 1.19tri/-.

Also, Ms Kairuki informed the House that the ministry would carry on financing fee free education for primary and secondary education, whereby 399.6bn/- has been set aside, out of which, 157.79bn/- will be directed to primary schools while the remaining 241.85bn/- will be allocated for secondary schools.

Local Governments are the level of government that are closest to the people and therefore responsible for serving the political and material needs of people and communities at a specific local area. Such areas could be a rural setting or an urban setting, a village, a town, a suburb in a city or a city, depending on the size.

Local Governments have both political and economic purposes. Politically, Local Governments being the levels of governments closest to the people, are suitably situated to provide a way for ordinary citizens to have a say in how their communities are governed.

Local Governments provide opportunities for democratic participation of citizens in matters that affect them directly. They facilitate closer interaction between citizens and elected representatives. All stakeholders should work together to see that LGAs work well.

Related Articles

Back to top button