ISLAMABAD (Ahmed Mughal):- Contrary of elections slogans, the Premier Imran led Federal Government has disbursed Rs.2 billion to members parliament for small development schemes under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to the documents of the Planning Commission, the Planning Commission has released Rs.2 billion under the SDGs Achievement Program. The Govt had allocated Rs.24 billion for the current fiscal year.
Under the SDGs program, the government releases funds to the members of the parliament to provide funds for their small development projects in their constituencies.
The member parliament has discretion to allocate the amount of SDGs, Program, Under the program, MPs run their small development projects to improve service delivery of the community.
It is important to mention here that Prime Minister Imran Khan was a big critic of the SDGs funds. As an opposition leader, he had termed it political bribery as he felt that the sitting government buys members of Parliament.
When he had come in power, Imran Khan deleted this program from Public Sector Development Program of the last fiscal year. But, he took another U turn and included it in the PSDP of the current fiscal year.
Although it is universal project for increase the standard of life of marginalized segment of the society, but the Govt uses it as tool of political victimization for opposition members. This is believe that the sitting government gives only these funds to the member of treasury benches.
Last government, some law makers of the Pakistan Muslim League in National Assembly including Javed Murtaza Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal, Khurram Dastagir, Riaz Hussain Pirzada blamed blamed on Minister for Petroleum Umar Ayub that he has stopped their small schemes. The walked out from the meeting of the Standing Committee on Energy.