LAHORE-The ongoing post-budget debate in Punjab Assembly has established one thing. The parliamentarians from south Punjab cannot be pleased by mere increase in budgetary allocation for the region. The government has raised the budget allocation for south Punjab from Rs 42 billion last year to Rs 52 billion for new fiscal year for development of the neglected region. But assembly members belonging to this part of the province irrespective of party affiliation, have been seen complaining, both inside and out side assembly, about non-utlilisation of major portion of the funds allocated in the last budget. They say that allocations were made for various development schemes in the previous budget, but majority of them have not been implemented. So whats the use of enhancing the funds every year if they are not utilised at the end of the day, they ask. Mohsin Leghari, a PML-Q parliamentarian from DG Khan in his media talk with reporters outside Punjab Assembly on Friday revealed that government had allocated Rs 500 million for establishment of a medical college in D.G Khan in the last budget, but the concerned department had not even got PC-I of the project approved from the competent authority. The said amount is lying unutilised. Likewise, he disclosed that development plans regarding Kidney centre in Multan, extension scheme of Rahim Yar Khan Medical College, costing Rs 100 million, and setting up of a burn unit in Bahawal Victoria Hospital have not been initiated despite allocation of money. He said there were many more such development schemes in the southern region which remained on paper only along with the allocated amounts. A PPP legislator from Rajanpur, Athar Gorchani has disclosed some facts about discrimination being meted out to the people in south Punjab in respect of sasti roati tandoors. He has divulged that they are heavily concentrated in Lahore and other central Punjab districts, while South Punjab has been deprived of its due share of tandoors proportionate to its population. A PPP MPA from Multan, Ahmad Hassan Dehr is reportedly working on budget documents to dig out such development projects which remained on paper only during the preceding year. He thinks it is tantamount to breach of privilege of the elected representatives who pass the budget, but bureaucracy enjoys the authority to undo their schemes. Dehr on Thursday sought chairs ruling for non-implementation of development schemes approved in the last budget, but which could not be executed due to hindrances created by bureaucrats. He intends to take part in the post-budget debate on last day meant for the discussion and also plans to point out non-utilisation development funds set aside for development schemes in the southern region. The Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly in his speech the other day also highlighted this issue. Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmood, a parliamentarian from Rahim Yar Khan believes that unless the allocated amount is transferred to the districts, the bureaucracy sitting in Lahore would continue to create hurdles in utilisation of funds. He has also pleaded his case for separate assemblies for Bahawalpur and Multan to resolve the issue on permanent basis.