LAHORE The Treasury of the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday tabled Demands for Grants worth Rs 764.380721 billion, which is Rs 109.70 billion in excess to the total provincial fiscal outlay of Rs 654.67billion for the year 2011-12. It is also expected that the Assembly would approve the Demands through majority vote, as three of six cut motions moved by the Oppositions, were voted out by the Treasury on the first day of the discussion and voting on Grants. The official financial pundits reasoned out the difference between the Grants and the budget by asserting that 43 Demands for Grants worth Rs 764.380721bn have included money used in the Supplementary budget of 2010-11. That is why, we find a gap of Rs 109.706624bn between the Demands for Grants and the fiscal outlay 2011-12, asserted the official, adding that the Assembly would approve the Demands on Wednesday (today) while no question would be raised about the extra amount, like the last year. The rest of the officials, who were questioned about the difference, had no plausible reason. One or two promised to discuss with other seniors and get back to this scribe, but no one did so. Finance Minister Punjab Kamran Michael was not available for comments. Nevertheless, the 'riddle of figures speaks volumes about the financial mismanagement of the incumbent rulers, who are never tire of raising embroidered slogans about better administration of the province. Former Finance Minister Punjab Tanvir Ashraf Kaira averred that as the first step, there should not be supplementary budget at all. In the whole world, supplementary grants are given prior approval by the assemblies so that these could be used with the consent of the legislators, but this is not a tradition of even vocal advocates of the parliamentary democracy, which demands complete control over the financial matters, and acts as a bulwark against any arbitrary usage of the public exchequer, he observed, adding that this was due to poor management of finances. In case of an emergency, the head of the administration should go for supplementary amounts, which is always a gross irregularity otherwise, he asserted. On Tuesday, in order to see himself Demands for Grants passing through the Assembly, and keeping the House quorate, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif remained present for the whole session. The Opposition had submitted six cut motions regarding allocations to Police, Health Services, Education, State Trading in Food Grains and Sugar, Agriculture and General Administration. The adversaries to the Treasury had demanded reducing the allocations to Rs 1 for all these departments. However, three of the motions on Police, Health Services and Education were voted out by majority of the Treasury. Members of the Opposition asserted that the police had totally failed in controlling terrorism, bomb blasts, suicide attacks and street crime, while seeing the poor law and order situation and ever-increasing crime in the province, the force should be given only Rs 1. Secondly, the members were of the considered opinion that the government had failed in taking adequate measures for providing medical facilities to general public, government employees and pensioners, and improving the service structure of employees Health Department. Lastly, for Education Department, it was asserted that the government had failed in providing educationfriendly atmosphere, and the education standard had been deteriorating with every passing day, while the government was yet to provide basic facilities to students.