ISLAMABAD (APP) - Senate Standing Committee on Local Government and Rural Development witnessed uproar during a meeting Monday over the issue of funds released to the district coordination officers (DCOs), which ultimately result into delaying of development schemes. The meeting, held at the Parliament House and presided over by Committee Chairman Senator Dr Khalid Mahmood Soomro, discussed the issue of non-completion of development works submitted by the parliamentarians, especially senators, under Peoples Works Programme (PWP). Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel, the mover of the resolution, and Haji Ghulam Ali, member of the committee, pointed fingers at the poor performance of Ministry of Local Bodies and Rural Development. They stressed the need of keeping a vigilant eye on the schemes and the funds issued by them. Ghulam Ali was of the view that the district coordination officers (DCOs) were involved in embezzlements of development funds. Both the senators also demanded the committee to skip the role of district coordination officers (DCOs) from the development process to make the completion process of the development schemes more transparent. They claimed that the contracts were being awarded on the basis of percentage. Senator Soomro, in his remarks, seconded the senators stance. Masood Abbas, Minister of State for Local Government and Rural Development, assured the committee members of resolving all the common issues on priority basis. He was of the view that it was the duty of a parliamentarian to monitor the development schemes initiated in their constituency and ensure their timely completion. He said the ministrys role in the whole process of funding was only of a post office. Responding a question regarding the shifting of the ministry to the provinces, the minister replied that the move would be implemented as and when directed by the federal govt.