ISLAMABAD Minister of State for Finance Hina Rabbani Khar has that said that the government would encourage Transparency Internationals role in the use of US monetary assistance received under the Kerry-Lugar Bill. She was responding to a question during the Question Hour in the National Assembly here on Thursday. On the query of PML-N MNA Shireen Arshad Khan, Khar said that the government was deliberately not asking the international financial institutions for writing off Pakistans loans in the backdrop of the recent floods as the move would cast a negative impact on the countrys future economy. Brushing aside the impression that the international community and donor agencies were not expressing their trusting on the government regarding assistance to flood-affected people, Khar said that it was an international norm that during rescue and relief stage, the international community helps through United Nations and other non-governmental organisations. During reconstruction stage, the international community would include Pakistan government and would likely to announce grants, loans etc, she added. She informed the House that the government was not seeking any foreign loan to meet the post-flood scenario. Responding to another question, Hina Khar told the House that the total amount of loans of World Bank, Asian Development Bank and International Monetary Fund against Pakistan as on June 30, 2010 was $31.162 billion. In a written reply, Federal Minister for Finance told the National Assembly that Rs 50.845 billion were written off by banks during the last two years. Loans of 2,12,114 persons and companies were written off by banks during the said period, he further informed the House. In another written reply, Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim told the House that during financial year 2009-10, there was an increase in exports as compared to imports. The exports worth $19.34 billion were registered during the year 2009-10 as compared to $17.69 in 2008-09 showing an increase of 9.6 percent. Whereas, the imports of $34.7 were made during the year 2009-10 as compared to $34.822 with decrease of 0.3 percent, he told the House. During the Question Hour, the parliamentarians from the opposition benches flayed the government for being sluggish in implementing its own introduced austerity plan. Responding to the queries of the parliamentarians, Minister of State for Finance Hina Rabbani Khar admitted that the progress in the implementation of austerity plan announced last year on December 16 was slow in some matters. ANP MNA Bushra Gohar proposed that there should be austerity drives in the military establishment and the size of the federal cabinet should also be reduced. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of PML-N said that the austerity plan had been announced without doing a proper homework and now the government was facing legal hitches in its implementation. Advisor to Prime Minister, Nawabzada Ghazanfar, told the National Assembly that Foreign Direct Investment in the country for the year 2009-10 was $2.205 billion. On the complaint raised by Raja Asad, PML-N MNA, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that the Ministry of Interior would introduce a toll-free number regarding citizens complaints about touts and so-called agents sitting outside the Passport Offices. Such agents will be dealt with with an iron hand, the Minister assured the House.