LAHORE-For the first time since formation of the coalition government in Punjab, Senior Punjab Minister Raja Riaz, who represents PPP, complained to the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif about being kept in the dark regarding relief activities in the affected areas and breaching of canals and rivers. Sources close to PPP ministers told this scribe that Raja Riaz, who also holds the portfolio of irrigation department, complained that government was not taking PPP ministers into confidence about the ongoing relief and rescue operation in the province. He also lodged his strong protest for not being consulted while taking important decisions about breaching of canals and rivers to divert flood water to certain areas. Raja said that despite holding charge of irrigation department, he was bypassed while taking important decisions concerning his department. He also grumbled over delay in convening of cabinet meeting, saying the provincial cabinet was not meeting after every 15 days as required under the 18th amendment and as agreed earlier between the coalition partners. He also complained about non-inclusion of the issue of establishment of Lahore High Court benches in Sargodha and Faisalabad in the minutes of the last cabinet meeting. Raja said that the issue required cabinets approval. The Punjab CM, reportedly, reminded Raja Riaz that I called you in the beginning to accompany me during my visit to Jinnah Bairaj, but you did not respond positively. Sources further disclosed that Shahbaz Sharif rejected a proposal by Finance Minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira regarding withdrawal of Rs 21 billion subsidies on food to divert these funds towards the flood affected areas. The CM, reportedly, took the plea that government was providing subsidised wheat flour to Ramazan Bazars, and hence it was not desirable to end this subsidy.