ISLAMABAD - Unlike other ministries, who keep complaining about limited allocations to development projects, the Ministry of Science and Technology is least bothered about paltry allocation to it for the new fiscal year due to lack of any vision and policy and it has deliberately demanded the allocation of far less amount than its actual needs. The ministry demanded Rs 2 billion for the development projects for the upcoming fiscal year 2011-12 and the Finance Ministry has allocated the same according to the demands, while in terms of recurring allocations about Rs 3 billion has been allocated. For the finishing fiscal year, 108 development projects for the ministry were approved which would be reduced to 45, as the ministry has deliberately abandoned almost 60 development projects halfway. It is worth mentioning here that the approved projects would be run by the ministry and about 16 research and development organisations of the ministry across the country. The allocations of the ministry have remarkably gone down, which reflected that low priority was accorded to science and technology by the government and that non-professional people were sitting in the ministry who were not aware of the importance of the sector. Shockingly, unlike other ministries, the development projects of the ministry have been in progress without any proper monitoring and evaluation due to the non-functional status of the Planning and Development Wing. Though, another project - Planning, Development and Monitoring Cell - was formed by the ministry in 2001 to activate the Planning and Development Wing, which was not up to the required needs of the wing, yet it had also been finished in March 2010. Now the P&D Wing once again has confined to functioning due to the absence of required staff. As the ministry did not make any effort to extend or regularise the Planning, Development and Monitoring Cell project, when it has ended, there is no monitoring and evaluation system due to which more suspicions occur. As the ministry is about to wind up majority of the projects, the work that has been done and the expenditure incurred to them would go to waste. Similarly, the trained manpower and employees, whom the ministry trained and who spent years in the ministry without being regularised or given incentives, would also be rendered jobless. Especially, the lower grades employees have also been fired. They were paid Rs 4,000 despite the governments and Supreme Courts directives that minimum wages of an employee should be Rs 7,000.