ISLAMABAD (APP) - Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Salman Faruqui has categorically stated that government has no plan to slash social sector development expenditures, specially in health and education sectors. "We have allocated 51 percent of the total Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) allocations to the social sector and all the political forces and the govt functionaries are supporting enhanced allocation to these sectors which is a good omen for the country", Salman Faruqi told this agency in an exclusive interview here Thursday. He disclosed that the planning commission has decided to establish what he called "Resource envelop" comprising Secretaries of Ministry of Finance, Planning and Development, which in consultation with other ministries would allocate funds according to their need and availability of resources in first three months. "We want to allocate more resources for the health and education sectors specially targeting the poor and vulnerable section of the society in the country", he remarked. Replying to a question, regarding the enhancement of revenues specially the direct taxes, he said that Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) was currently undertaking the study according to the international standards to enhance its tax to GDP ratio to 15 percent. He lauded the services of the tax administration for collecting taxes more than set targets despite poor economic conditions currently facing the country. He also commended the decision of Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani regarding halting the construction project of new General Headquarters (GHQ) in the Federal Capital keeping in view of financial constraints in the country. Responding to a question regarding impact of IMF package on development projects, he said that all the ministries were rationalising their projects adding the govt would complete all those projects on which 80 percent development work has been completed. He said the govt has launched Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) with an initial allocation of Rs 34 billion to benefit the vulnerable section of the society. He added that we were striving to increase this amount to Rs 70b to cover and benefit the poor families, adding that the govt planned to extend the outreach of the programme to 7m people. "The government wants to benefit the poor segment of the society and create safety nets for them against the increasing prices and food scarcity", he remarked. Regarding poverty reduction strategy, Salman Faruqui said that a technical workshop will be held here on Nov 21 (Friday) to explore options for making poverty reduction strategy more viable, sustainable and target oriented. The workshop, he said, will be participated by the World Bank, NGOs, Planning Commission officials and other stakeholders. Regarding the re-organisation of the Planning Commission, he said: "our aim is to make it an open and paperless to provide free information to the general public regarding developments activities taking place in the country. Planning Commission is not a political entity but a knowledge commission to benefit all," he remarked.