ISLAMABAD - Opposition parties are set to ask the government to share details about the exact allocations of the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) and controversial privatisation of Heavy Electrical Complex before the upcoming federal budget 2014-16.

Dissatisfied with the budgetary proposals shared by the government side, the joint opposition factions are set to give tough time on allocations of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) and controversial privatisation of the Heavy Electrical Complex.

While the government is set to present its third budget in less than two weeks, the main opposition parties will ask about different major allocations, including mega project of China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC), energy related projects, Metro bus and other related schemes.

While Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has once again called an All Parties Conference on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor on May 28 to address the concerns of opposition parties on the project. "The government is reluctant to share details of the PSDP before announcing the budgetary proposals," said opposition parties lawmakers, showing dissatisfaction over recently held meeting chaired by Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee for Finance, Statistics and Privatisation Omar Ayub Khan. Chairman Standing Committee for Finance, Statistics and Privatisation, during last week held a meeting to discuss the budget 2015-16 but failed to satisfy opposition lawmakers on certain major issues.  "The government did not satisfy the lawmakers of opposition parties, as the Finance Ministry only presented government strategy regarding budget missing major contours like taxation proposals, salary increase, defence budget, amount for BISP and subsidies amount," said opposition parties lawmakers, adding a meeting should be arranged to address these issues. "It is our demand that finance minister should give briefing on these issues, as he did not attend the previous meeting," said a lawmaker. He further said that the government has shared a budget strategy paper 2015-2018 with the National Assembly's Standing Committee for Finance, Statistics and Privatisation, which only focused on the government's strategy for next three years, nothing special to the forthcoming budget.

These parliamentary opposition factions, adopting a joint strategy, had earlier submitted a requisition to Chairman Standing Committee for Finance, Statistics and Privatisation Omar Ayub Khan, expressing their concerns as no pre-budget meeting has been convened so far on the budget.