KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has expressed his annoyance over non-inclusion of 11 important projects including Thar Coal, Karachi Circular Railway, K-4 water project for Karachi and other mega plans by the PML-N-led federal government in the Rs525 billion Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for next fiscal year.
Talking to the media near Bilawal House on Friday evening, Qaim Ali Shah asked the federal government to distribute the PSDP funds among provinces on the basis of NFC formula.
The chief minister, “We are angry with Islamabad over exclusion of important development projects from the federal government’s PSDP for next financial year 2014-15”.
“Islamabad must listen to the people of Sindh, who are angry with the centre for not incorporating the mega projects including Thar Coal, Karachi Circular Railway, Lyari Expressway, K-4 drinking water projects for Karachi and other mega uplift schemes in its PSDP,” Sindh chief minister said, demanding from the PML-N’s federal government to review its decision of not allocating funds for these development projects.
The CM said that Islamabad, without consulting the provincial government, had dropped 11 out of 45 important development projects submitted by the Sindh government from federal government’s PSDP for next fiscal year 2014-15.
“We have also launched a protest with the federal government in the National Economic Council (NEC) and CDWP meetings for not incorporating the important development schemes in the federal government’s development programme, the CM added.
Qaim suggested Islamabad to keep half of the funds (Rs525 billion) of the PSDP and distribute remaining half among the provinces under the NFC award formula.
The CM said that his government had opposed the federal government’s demand for allocation of water from Sindh’s share to Islamabad arguing that province was already facing scarcity of water.
In the circumstances when Sindh was facing acute water scarcity, the Islamabad government, by not incorporating the important development projects including drinking water and some other schemes, was rubbing salt on the wounds of Sindh province, the CM observed.
Qaim recalled that Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq in his recent meeting with him at CM House Karachi had assured that the federal government will own the Karachi Circular Railway Project and allocate funds for this important scheme in the upcoming financial budget. He added that Sindh government had also removed encroachments from the way of the KCR project in a hope of early implementation on the project to ease the transport problems of Karachiites.
He also demanded of the federal government to ensure grant of royalty from the natural resources of oil and gas being explored from the Sindh province.
The CM claimed that instead of implementing the 18th Amendment to ensure Sindh’s share on the natural resources, the federal government was planning to make legislation for control of more natural resources. He said Sindh government will not let it happen.