ISLAMABAD: Federal and provincial governments spend billions of rupees annually on MP development schemes, particularly those included in the treasury bench – a fact that was not disclosed to the top court in a recent case about the PM’s announcement of a building fund for party MPs in power.
Although, the case has been resolved, official documents show that the federal government has regularly issued tenders for regular development schemes in chak, village and UC in the province.
This scheme covers sewerage and drainage works, road / road construction, soling works and PPC (cement concrete), etc. According to the law, this scheme is the responsibility of the local government and the regional / district governments. However, in this case, at the recommendation of a ruling member of parliament, the federal government has implemented the scheme through federal agencies such as Pak-PWD.
Although the tender documents do not name the MPs concerned, they generally refer to the National Assembly constituencies in which development schemes are being initiated by the federal government.
For example, the federal government recently issued a tender, which is also available on the PPRA website, for the construction of PCC on No 14 roads, Hussainabad and Dry Port Colony UC 184, NA-129 Lahore. Rs 1.5 million is allocated for this scheme. For the construction of a PCC at Lorex Colony Ghaziabad in the same UC and NA constituencies, a PCC construction worth Rs 2.2 million has also been tendered.
For sewer and drainage works on roads and other small local level schemes at other UC (Nos. 146, 147, 148,149, 150, 151, 152, 157, 158, 159 and 160) of the NA-129 constituency, several other tenders also issued by the federal government from the Central budget.
Through another tender issued by the federal government, the reconstruction of the five-kilometer link road at UC Kundi from Tehsil Ghazi, Haripur District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was attempted. Recently, the federal government has also issued tenders for 14 approved development schemes for different chak in the Bahawalpur district. This scheme includes laying of solings, repairing and construction of steel gates in crevices.
According to another tender, approved and advertised, 21 development schemes launched by the federal government at UC are different from the NA-65 and PP-23. A five-member judge at the Supreme Court has handled cases related to the alleged distribution of Rs 500 million in appointment funds among legislators. Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was also asked to respond to the court on the matter, has denied that Rs 500 million in public funds had been distributed among lawmakers and said no money would be given to legislators to do development work.
However, Judge Faez Isa, on the initiative of the five bench members who handled the case, questioned the prime minister’s guarantees by presenting a Whatsapp message he received from an unknown source. The message contains supporting documents showing that a large amount of funds was distributed recently for road construction by the Pak-PWD department in the constituency of NA-65 which happens to be Chaudhrys of Gujrat. The presiding judge, however, resolved this issue by observing that Judge Isa should not have heard the case as a complainant against the prime minister in any other case.