ISLAMABAD (Eshfak Mughal) :- The coalition government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is considering to allocate Rs 40 billion for the parliamentarians’ schemes under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programmes for next fiscal year despite the financial crunch.

Sources said that the federal government is considering the size of Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) in the light of IMF’s conditions for next fiscal year which may be around Rs800 billion.

The government is considering to set the huge target of Rs40 billion for the schemes of parliamentarians under the SDGs for the next fiscal year.

Under the SDGs programme, the government gives funds to the parliamentarians for small scheme including the provision of link roads, supply of gas, water and electricity etc in their constituencies. Opposition parties believe that these schemes are political bribery.

The government will present the proposals before the meeting of the Annual Plan Coordination Committee meeting which will meet on Monday in Islamabad under the chairmanship of Federal Minister of Planning Commission Ahsan Iqbal. The meeting will give approval to overall development allocation including SDGs for the next fiscal year. The final approval will be given of the PSDP in the meeting of National Economic Council (NEC) which will be held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister in Islamabad. Federal Ministers, Chief Ministers and Prime Minister Azad Kashmir and CM Gilgit Baltistan and other senior officials will attend the meeting.

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