‘Civil servants can ensure success of Johor Budget 2022 initiatives’

THE success of Johor Budget 2022 will depend on the commitment, accountability and transparency of the state civil servants in implementing its initiatives, says Bekok assemblyman Dr S. Ramakrishnan (pic).He said to this end, the state government should present a report outlining the impact and results of the initiatives set out under the recently passed Budget 2022, before tabling of the next budget.

“The state government should consider setting up a website for the public to access and find information on the benefits they could enjoy from the budget initiatives as well as the process of applying for them from the agencies involved.

“The benefits offered must be made available to all Johoreans, regardless of race and religion.

“There should also be an indicator to measure the achievements and progress of the initiatives under Johor Budget 2022 for the people,” he said during the state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail at Kota Iskandar yesterday.

Ramakrishnan also urged the state government to come out with measures to improve fiscal management.

“During the tabling of the national Budget 2022, the Federal Government announced that they intend to introduce the Fiscal Responsibility Act next year to improve governance, accountability and transparency in the country’s fiscal management.

“We hope that Johor government could follow suit and consider having a similar Enactment at the state level,” he added.

On a separate matter, Ramakrishnan, who is also former state consumerism, human resources and unity committee chairman, urged Johor government to instil unity elements in all of its future programmes.

“The state government has allocated millions to implement various social and economic programmes but only RM1.5mil was allocated to strengthen unity.

“This may not be enough.

“The government should instil more unity elements in all future programmes for Johoreans, regardless of race.

“We need to start instilling unity now,” he emphasised. — By VENESA DEVI

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