KARACHI - The ruling PPPs allies as well as Opposition parties in Sindh Assembly have criticised the Sindh Planning and Development (P&D) Departments move to bring cut in development budget without getting approval from the Provincial Assembly. The number of lawmakers from MQM, ANP and PML-F, which are coalition partners of ruling PPP in Sindh as well as in Centre, while talking to TheNation over the issue of proposed 50 percent cut in Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the current FY 2010-11sau termed it unjustified because the decision was taken without approval of Sindh Assembly. Though the move to bring fifty percent cut in development budget in Sindh was currently mere a proposal, yet on the request of Planning and Development Department, the Finance Department has already stopped the release of funds for uplift schemes under Annual Development programme. The proposal to cut the development expenditures is meant to meet the losses caused by heavy floods in the province. A letter, which sent to all the Provincial Departments, confirmed that the work on the ongoing projects would be completed but the funds meant for new projects only would be diverted towards meeting the expenditures of rehabilitation and restoration of the infrastructure, which damaged due to heavy floodwaters. In this regard, the Finance Department stopped release of funds for ADP projects till the completion of prioritising process uplift schemes in view of 50 percent cut in the ADP, sources said. The Planning and Development Department has been assigned to rationalise / downsize the provincial annual development programme fund up to 50 percent in consultation with concerned administrative departments and executing agencies, but according to a senior official, the departments are not cooperating in this regard. Initially the Planning and Development Department gave September 22, 2010 as deadline for the submitting of downsizing of projects to 50%, but despite passing over half months, the departments have not submitted their priority of projects so far. In this regard, the Additional Chief Secretary Sindh Ghulam Ali Shah Pasha summoned a meeting of administrative secretaries of the provincial departments at his house on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Government is facing criticism from his own party lawmakers over the poor performance in rehabilitation and relief process of flood affectees. The lawmakers from coalition partners - MQM, PML-F and ANP - are also not happy to the unilateral decisions of PPP regarding proposals of imposition of flood tax and fifty per cent cut in development budget. When contacted, MQMs Parliamentary Leader in Sindh Assembly Syed Sardar Ahmed told TheNation that he has not information about the proposed cut in the development budget in view of diverting development funds for rehabilitation of IDPs. He said that the Sindh Assembly is the proper forum for such decisions, hoping that government will not take such decision without taking into confidence to the coalition partners and Sindh Assembly. Another lawmaker, Mrs. Nusrat Sehar of PML-F, which is also coalition partner of government in Sindh, criticized over the ruling PPP over unilateral decision, saying that Sindh Assembly being by-passed by government. The budget including Annual Development Programme approved by Sindh Assembly, she said and questioned that how can a provincial department take decision to bring fifty per cent cut in the development budget without getting Assemblys approval. The lawmakers advised the government to bring such mega decision in Sindh Assembly, which after discussing the matter will take appropriate decision in this regard. Even, the lots of cabinet members are also unaware of the Planning and Development Departments proposal about the cut in the development budget, which showed that the lack of participation of cabinet and Assembly in the decision making process at government level.