STAFF REPORT KHI: The PCSIR, the countrys most prestigious scientific research institution in the public sector, has been in desperate financial straits as the federal government has withdrawn its right to spend its self-generated income on research.

According to sources, the test and analysis work that has been the laboratorys only income generating resource for decades has literally come to a standstill since March hisas there is no money to buy chemicals or repair equipment.The financial crisis, they say, have not only affected the current staff who were being paid salaries after months of delay but have also hit pensioners.

“The PCSIR, like other public sector research institutions in the country, has been facing a monetary crunch for almost eight years as the federal government has not provided any funds for research and development projects to the institution,” said a official said.

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