ISLAMABAD Despite having 1047 vehicles, the Ministry of Population Welfare has secretly planned to invest million of rupees to purchase luxurious vehicles under the Population Welfare Programmes (Federal Activity, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkha and AJK 2009-14), documents available with TheNation revealed. Informed sources revealed that the Ministry of Population Welfare has proposed to create 18635 new posts of various cadres raising the total strength of the staff to 34977. According to the available documents, the Programme has been an ongoing activity since the 2nd Five-year Plan (1960-65). The objectives of the Programme was to increase Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) from 30 percent in 2008-09 to 37.5 percent by 2013-14, reduce CPR from 24.91 to 21.03 per thousand populations and bring down the population growth rate from 1.78 percent per annum to 1.49 percent per annum. The Programme was launched to increase the users from 8.426 million to 10.871 million by strengthening the service delivery, increase Family Welfare Centres from 2837 to 4978 and Rural Support Health (RHS)-Centres from 182 to 238. It was also aimed at increasing RHS-B Centres from 121 to 257, Mobile Service Unit from 391 to 445, Social Mobilisers (Male) from 3706 to 6032 and Social Mobilisers (Female) from zero to 2937. The programme was initiated to increase registered medical practitioners from 23947 to 23992, homeopaths from 13611 to 13611 and village based field project (FP) workers from 57 to 182. The idea to launch the project was conceived by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on 17th September 2009 and it recommended to seek approval of the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) with estimated cost of Rs 49356.382 million. The CDWP also directed that a committee chaired by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission comprising representatives of the Planning Commission, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Population Welfare, provincial governments and respective technical professionals should be constituted to review the performance of the Ministry of Population Welfare. Again, the committee will make pragmatic recommendations to ensure prompt and complete devolution of the Population Welfare Programmes to the provinces both in administrative and financial terms. The recommendations of the Working Group on the Population Welfare would be given due consideration by the committee while setting up the future course of action for the Population Welfare Programmes. The Committee will also facilitate and ensure shifting of Federal and Provincial Welfare Programmes from the Development Budget to Revenue Budget. Now on the instructions of the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister has been requested to chair the meeting of the committee. After the final recommendations of the committee, the projects of Population Welfare will be submitted for the consideration/approval of the ECNEC. However, report of the said Committee is still awaited.