[The News International 23 April, 2019]

ISLAMABAD: Amid the possibility of entering into IMF arrangement and reduction in overall allocation for development budget, the PTI-led government is considering slashing allocation for development of formerly called Fata, its security enhancement and Prime Minister’s Youth Programmes by over 50 percent through development outlay in the upcoming budget 2019-20.

However, the government is considering allocating Rs24 billion for controversial discretionary programme for parliamentarians under the title of SDGs programme in the next financial year. Although, the government had earmarked same amount of Rs24 billion for this controversial programme to please parliamentarians but so far no amount could be utilised.