ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to introduce a mechanism to monitor and evaluate development projects to be executed by provinces as well as the centre under the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP).
The decision was taken in the federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday. It is believed that the decision was made to target the Sindh government led by the Pakistan Peopel’s Party (PPP).
Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said in a post-cabinet meeting press conference, “It has been observed that billions of rupees were given to Sindh but they have not been spent on development projects. There are two types of expenditures: non-development and development. Where these funds have gone if there is no development in Karachi and even interior parts of Sindh,”
“These firms will conduct periodic audit of the development schemes and utilisation of funds after every three months,” he added.
Fawad Chaudhry, however, said to a questioner that the government will not give development funds to any MNA and PMA as the Supreme Court had bared the government from doing so.
Talking about opposition-treasury members physical clash in the National Assembly on Tuesday, the minister said the government had offered the opposition dialogue on important national issues, including electoral reforms, but the opposition was ready for this.
The minister said this week the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was given a detailed presentation on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) by experts.
Giving details of other important decisions of the cabinet, Fawad Chaudhry said the G-20 countries had suspended the repayment of $ 3.7 billion loan till the year end, bringing a good news for Pakistan’s economy.
“G-20 had approved the second part of Dalhart’s Group Seasonal Index under which it suspended Pakistan’s $ 3.7 billion loan which was to be paid instantly by end of the year,” he added.He said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had sent four questions to PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif to answer regarding the Rs25 billion money laundering he allegedly committed from two sugar mills.