Funds for lawmakers: SHC gives more time to law officer to file comments

September 28, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday gave more time to provincial law officer to file comments of Sindh government on three separate petitions of lawmakers seeking funds for uplift schemes.

The legislators belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), Pakistan Tehreek Insaf and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) have approached the court against provincial authorities for withholding their funds for development schemes.

Petitioners through their counsels submitted that Sindh government had announced annual development program named Priority Development Program (PDP) for financial year 2013-14 with an allocation to the tune of Rs8600.00 million to be executed through the lawmakers of the province. As per program, each MNA and MPA was allocated funds worth Rs40m for the development schemes subject to governments’ approbation. A notification dated November 11, 2013 was also issued in this regard.

They said that all petitioners furnished their suggestions with regard to schemes which were subsequently approved. However unlike lawmakers belonging to ruling party, funds for execution of schemes had still not been disbursed to petitioners for initiation and completion of schemes.

They said that provincial authorities illegally and unlawfully withheld the funds for schemes at the instances of the ruling party in order to malign the petitioners in the eyes of their constituents and damage their political career.

The petitioners requested the court to order authorities to disburse the funds among them. The court was also prayed to restrain relevant authorities from utilizing funds earmarked for uplift schemes which will be executed in their constituencies.

On the request of petitioners, the court had restrained Sindh government from utilizing the funds for the purpose other than approved uplift schemes of petitioners.

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