Members of the parliament have criticized a draft budget allocation of nearly K200 billion for the Nay Pyi Taw municipal area next fiscal year, saying funds for development should be shared throughout the country.

“We must share development throughout the country; we must think about the needs of every town and village,” said U Moe Zaw Hein (Katha constituency, Sagaing Region, Union Solidarity and Development Party), a member of the Pyithu Hluttaw public accounts committee.

“If only one area is developed, the whole country will not become developed,” he said, adding that more funds needed to be allocated to rural development.

U Moe Zaw Hein said in the chamber that the K196.9 billion draft allocation under the National Planning Law for the fiscal year beginning on April 1 was nearly K20 billion higher than the amount allocated for 2013-2014.

Most of the K200 billion draft allocation has been ear-marked for roads and bridges (K108 billion), followed by water projects (K36.4 billion), buildings (K21.9 billion), power generation and grids (K14.8 billion), development (K10 billion), dams and dykes (K4.5 billion) and communications (K357 million).

U Ba Shein (Kyaukphyu constituency, Rakhine State, Rakhine National Development Party),told Mizzima the draft allocation amounted to “extravagant” spending that was ignoring the needs of people throughout the country.

Referring to Nay Pyi Taw, he said: “For them, they would think it is not enough; they don’t think of the sad plight of the people.”

The allocation for the Nay Pyi Taw municipal area is said to account for 28.2 percent of the draft development fund for the nation.