KARACHI - The MPAs of Pakistan People's Party have strongly protested against the authorities of federal government which have deprived them of their quota in the distribution of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) that envisages Rs34 billion, MPAs told The Nation. Some MPAs of PPP, seeking anonymity, told The Nation that the members of the provincial assemblies in the country have expressed their grievances over the involvement of Senators in the programme as according to them, the upper house members were not the directly elected persons so they should be barred from the distribution of BISP. MPAs informed that they also raised this issue before the Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and urged him to include MPAs in distribution of forms of BISP. According to sources, the PM has not given any firm assurance to the MPAs about their involvement in this programme in this fiscal. However, Gilani has promised with the MPAs to accommodate them in this programme in the coming financial year, said sources. A woman member of the Sindh Assembly of PPP confirmed that she had raised the issue before the Prime Minister at CM House in Karachi and informed him about the problems being faced by the MPAs due to their non-participation in the BISP. She disclosed that the PM listened to the grievances of the MPAs and assured that they would be included in BISP from next fiscal. She said that being an elected member of provincial assembly, the voters demand forms of BISP from MPAs, but the elected representatives are unable to support their voters in this case. Another provincial assembly member from govt side regretted over the federal government's policy of by-passing the MPAs in the strategic planning of the BISP and informed that they have taken up this issue with Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah. However, he said all the MPAs of PPP had already raised the issue in their Parliamentary meeting where they unanimously demanded their role in the programme. Abdul Salam Thaheem PPP MPA from Sanghar told The Nation that MPAs were not taken on board for the implementation of BISP. He said the MNAs of our district were cooperating with the MPAs in distribution of BISP forms as on the basis of 1,400 union councils in his constituency, he got 1,400 forms from MNA who received 8,000 forms under BISP. The PPP government allocated Rs34 billion for BISP in the budget of current FY2008-09 but government had formally launched this programme few days before the first death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto in December 2008. It may be noted here that government has made a formula under which every MNA and Senator would get 8,000 BISP while MPAs are neglected from this national programme, who are directly elected and have close coordination with the public of their constituencies.