BY KATAMU EDDY NEDINANI
Government has been urged to develop a clear equitable allocation formula for funds under the Parish Development Model (PDM) that takes into consideration different demographic, geographical and socio-economic dynamics.
According to Parliament’s Committee on Public Service and Local Government, the criteria for allocation of the funds is not based on equity and may not be helpful to some parishes.
“Government proposes to give parishes the same amount of money regardless of the variations in demographics and geographical size including unique needs of the various parishes and different poverty levels,” reads the committee report in part.
The report was presented to the House on Thursday, 25 August 2022 by committee chairperson, Hon. Godfrey Onzima, in a sitting chaired by Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa.
The report premised on the implementation of the PDM in the Financial Year 2021/2022.
The committee found that there is selective focus on pillar three of PDM on financial inclusion through the Parish Revolving Fund, at the expense of the six other pillars.