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The lawmakers demand Rs.90 bln for small schemes of parliamentarians in upcoming budget

ISLAMABAD (Eshfak Mughal):- The Standing committee on Cabinet Secretariat recommended to allocate Rs.90 billion for small schemes of parliamentarians for next fiscal year under the Sustainable Development Goals keeping in view to get public support in upcoming general election in the country.

The committee met under the chairmanship of Kishwar Zohra here in the parliament house on Tuesday.

The Standing committee on Cabinet Secretariat today approved three ongoing PSDP projects of establishment division to the tune of Rs.335.899 million and four projects worth Rs.265.75 million. The Committee after scrutinizing and hearing to the justification of relevant departmental representatives, approved the PSDP demands for the financial year 2023-24. The Committee was apprised that the aforesaid projects related to upgradation of infrastructure, construction of facilities and solarsation at National Centre for Rural Development Islamabad and National Institutes of Management at Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi.

The Committee postponed scrutiny of schemes unapproved at Ministry level till its next meeting. The Committee directed Relevant departments to present full justification of the proposed PSDP projects in its next meeting.

The Committee while scrutinizing PSDP proposals of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation opined that Pakistan has immense tourism potential which had not been properly exploited and investing national resources un sagaciously in this regard would not be a public service. The Committee directed Cabinet Division being controlling Division of the PTDC and Management of the Tourism Corporation to bring a comprehensive presentation on the six new PSDP proposals of PTDC before the Committee in its next meeting.

Later, the Committee scrutinized and approved three PSDP proposals of Cabinet Division worth Rs.90039.954 million. The Committee was apprised that 90 billion rupees have been demanded for SDGs Achievement Program whereas Rs. 16.954 and Rs.23 million would go for strengthening of National Archives and a marketing campaign for Facilitation of Tourism in Pakistan, respectively.

The Committee while discussing The Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill, 2021 decided to replace The words Federal Government or Government occurring in section 3, 4 and 19(3) of the amendment bill with words Minister In-charge. They Committee was of the view that the public representatives were answerable to the people thus policy decision making should remain with them instead of the public servants.

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