ISLAMABAD-Against the demand of Rs 30.310 billion the Health Ministry could get only Rs 23.15 billion under the Public Sector Development Programme in the budget 2009-10, more or less same amount earmarked in the out-going fiscal year. The allocations for health sector in the budget 2009-10 speak volumes about the consistent claims of the PPP-led government that it keeps health and education on the top of its priority list. The Ministry of Health had sought Rs 30.310 billion for the PSDP in the 2009-10-budget proposal that was 31.78 percent higher than the outgoing budgetary allocations but it has been allocated Rs 23 billion. Apparently, it seems financial crunch that gripped every sector also hit the health sector. Rather than enhancing allocations as need of the time the government gave it exactly equal to last year. The budget allocation under PSDP for the fiscal year 2009-10 is Rs 21 billion for 67 ongoing projects and Rs 2 billion for ten new projects. The new schemes worth Rs 2 billion include up gradation of Cancer Treatment Facility at Nishtar Hospital worth Rs 200 million, Establishment of Medical College at Khuzdar Rs 20 million, establishment of 300 beds Hospital with Trauma Center Karachi Rs 500 million, Establishment of Medical College at Loralai Rs 20 million, Establishment of 150 bedded DHQ Hospital Plan Rs 100 million, Establishment of Benazir Medical College Gujranwala Rs 50 million, Extension and Development of BMC Complex, Quetta Rs 400 million, Extension and Development of Cancer Hospital Quetta Rs 300 million and Prime Ministers Emergency Action Plan for Hepatitis Rs 100 million. Exact 80 per-cent of the whole budget that becomes Rs 21 billion has been allocated to the 67 on-going projects. Out of these total on- going 13 projects the major allocation has been earmarked for the National Programme for Family Planning and Healthcare that is Rs 9.504 billion. Under the non-development programme the Ministry has been given an amount of Rs 6484 million. For Medical Products, Appliances and Equipment Rs 65 million have been allocated, Rs 5708 million for hospital services, Public Health Services Rs 469, Research and Development Health Rs 2 million and for Health Administration Rs 241 million. The allocation is higher by 18 per cent when compared with budget estimates of the out -going fiscal year 2008-09. While commenting on budgetary allocations for health sector an independent health expert termed the allocation equal to peanuts and said instead of increasing the budgetary allocation for this important sector the government has allocated more or less the same amount which is nothing as compare to the increasing demands of this sector.