KARACHI The Federal Government has not released Rs 13 billion funds earmarked for uplift schemes of Sindh, approved under Federal Public Sector Development Programme for current FY 2010-11. The Planning and Development Departments (P&DD) of Sindh Government already raised the issue by writing letters to the Federal Ministry concerned, protesting over not receiving funds. But, according a senior official, the Federal Government has not paid heed to the problem of release of funds for uplift schemes of Sindh province. Advisor to Chief Minister for Planning and Development Kaisar Bengali also confirmed the same problems. Meanwhile, an official of P&DD, who is privy to the issue, informed The Nation it has been over three months since the passage of the Federal budget FY 2010-11, but the central Government has been showing reluctance in releasing Sindhs share of funds for development projects costing Rs 13 billion, earmarked under federal PSDP. However, The Nation has learnt that Federal Government has devised a new mechanism for release of PSDP funds, which is annoying almost all the provincial governments. Sources said that under the new mechanism, the Provincial Department concerned has to send request to the Federal Ministry with work plan and Performa every month. Sources said that though the Sindh Government has opposed the new mechanism, terming this exercise a waste of time and delay tactic for execution of development project. Official concerned, requesting anonymity, said that Planning and Development Department has forward the instruction to the provincial departments to submit the work plan and Performa as soon as possible, so it could be sent to the federal Government. However, at a meeting held with President Asif Ali Zardari in the chair at Bilawal House on Monday, where rehabilitation process of IDPs was discussed in detail, the President directed the Provincial Government to accelerate the rehabilitation process and ensure transparency in giving 'Watan Cards to IDPs. The meeting also approved the much awaited flood tax, from which, the Government is expecting to collect a hefty revenue of over Rs 25 billion. The Government will present the flood tax bill in Assembly to pass into law soon. According to officials, the Sindh Government also raised the issue of not releasing of funds for Sindh projects by the Federal Government. According to the break-up of Sindh projects, a total sum of Rs 5.708 billion had been allocated for 11 uplift schemes of Water and Power sector, but funds could not be released yet. Similarly, Rs 884.842 million allocated for Population sector, Rs 753.145 million for health sector projects, Rs 1.315 billion for food and agriculture sector, Rs 204 million for environment and Rs 230.626 million were allocated for education sector projects in this fiscal year, but implementation of all the projects is connected with release of funds by the Federal government.