ISLAMABAD A handsome amount of Rs 3 billion allocated for industrial development of Balochistan is going to lapse due to the failure of the provincial government to forward proposal for utilisation of the funds, TheNation has been reliably learnt. The amount was set aside in the Federal Budget 2009-10 by the Ministry of Industries and Production for the development of industrial sector in Balochistan. However, even after the passage of eight months (July-February) of the current fiscal year, the Government of Balochistan has not forwarded proposal for utilisation of the funds, due to which the same is going to lapse at the end of current fiscal year. We have time and again asked them (Balochistan Government) to submit proposal for industrial development in the province to alleviate poverty and reduce unemployment, an official of the Ministry of Industries and Production confided to TheNation on Tuesday. According to the sources, Federal Secretary for Ministry of Industries and Production Abdul Ghafar Soomro once asked then Chief Secretary Balochistan in a private meeting to come up with some proposals for the industrial development of the province, however, no development is made yet in this regard, the sources further disclosed. Due to the Rs 3 billion industrial development package, thousands of people can get employment in the province. Likewise industrial growth can also be increased in the country, which has been on the declining side for the last few years. Similarly, the package if implemented would contribute a lot in triggering the economic activities in the province in addition to provision of unemployment to the skilled manpower. The sources further informed that the Ministry of Industries and Production could itself start industrial projects in the province, however, they believed that the Government of Balochistan knew better regarding projects and they should better forward its proposals in this regard. There is no reason for which Balochistan is not sending their proposals, as this is just their negligence, which is a hurdle in delaying the projects and the amount of Rs three billion would lapse at the end if the ongoing financial year in June. TheNation tried to contact newly appointed Chief Secretary to take his comments on the said issue but he was not present in his office.