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June 16, 2006

Sindh allocates record Rs24 billion for ADP

 
June 16, 2006

KARACHI: The Sindh government has made a record allocation of Rs24 billion for the Annual Development Programme (ADP) of next fiscal year 2006-07, a significant increase of 41 per cent over the previous year.

The total outlay of the ADP during next fiscal is, however, set at Rs38.22 billion, including Rs4.75 billion in Foreign Project Assistance and Rs9.474 billion for federally financed projects.

“The development allocations and spending in Sindh have increased phenomenally in the last three to four years,” said Senior Minister for Excise, Taxation and Coordination, Syed Sardar Ahmad while announcing the budget in the Sindh Assembly on Thursday.

Out of total ADP allocations, the provincial ADP will be Rs17.2 billion and district allocation Rs6.78 billion.

The ADP in fiscal year 2003-04 was Rs11 billion, which was upped to Rs18 billion in 2004-05 and has now been raised to Rs24 billion for the upcoming financial year.

“This is an increase of 118 per cent in two years,” the minister said, adding in fact the overall development allocations of last few years including the federal grants for federally financed projects, would be over Rs117 billion. In terms of spending, the overall expenditure under ADP in the FY03-04 was Rs9.2 billion and Rs13 billion in 2004-05.

The ADP of Sindh is 33 per cent higher than the last year’s allocation of Rs18 billion and with a view to maximising utilisation of funds, the finance department released 100 per cent funds for the ongoing portfolio by January 2006 and the funds for new schemes were released as soon as these were approved.

The minister told the House that by the end of May 2006, the government had released Rs3 billion more than the budgeted allocation of Rs24 billion, which by all standards were record releases other than being timely.

The expenditure by May 2006 reached Rs15 billion and it is expected that the overall ADP expenditure would be around Rs20

billion by year-end, which would be an all-time high development spending in Sindh.

The minister announced the Sindh government would spend Rs31 billion on the most controversial project of RBOD Stage-1. Under this phase, saline effluent of RBOD would be carried from Sehwan to the sea through a drain of about 273 kms.

Another major spending during the next fiscal would be Rs25 billion on National Programme for Improvement of Watercourses. The project would be financed by the World Bank.

A similar allocation has been made for the revamping of irrigation system involving lining of distributaries and minors at a cost of Rs12.44 billion. Under this project, over 514 irrigation channels are to be lined in the commanded areas of Guddu, Sukkur and Kotri barrages.

In terms of priority, the government has earmarked Rs5.5 billion for Special Packages (Karachi: Rs2 billion, Hyderabad Rs1.5 billion and Rural Packages: Rs2 billion), Communication: Rs4.5 billion, Water and Power: Rs1.55 billion, Education: Rs1.5 billion, Agriculture and Livestock: Rs1.36 billion, PP&H: Rs1.29 billion, Mines and Minerals: Rs1.1 billion, MPAs Programme: Rs1.1 billion, Health: Rs850 million and Industries: Rs600 million.