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November 4, 2015

CM wants 179 schemes completed this fiscal year


November 4, 2015

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Tuesday strictly directed the authorities of works and services department to complete at least 179 out of the 544 ongoing development schemes pertaining to repair and construction of roads by the end of this financial year for which all of the required Rs3.58 billion had already been released to them.
The chief minister said his government was giving priority to developing the communication network in the province, which can be gauged from the fact that a large of Rs9 billion had been allocated for related schemes in the present financial year, out of which a total of Rs4.53 billion had been released in the past four months. He said 100 percent funds had been released for 179 ongoing schemes.
He remarked that he wanted to see all the funds released utilised in the ongoing schemes and asked for them to be completed within the stipulated time.
Presiding over a meeting to review the performance of works and services department.
The chief minister said release of funds and their expenditure, completion of schemes within the deadline and the quality of work were extremely important.
He directed the officers to come up with the schedule of development works and complete it without any excuse. He said the road network was essential for boosting the provincial economy and pave ways for new income and employment opportunities for the people.
Additional chief secretary for planning and development department, Aijaz Ali Khan, in his briefing at the meeting said a total of 613 schemes of the road sector were under execution by the works and services department for which Rs9 billion had been allocated in the current financial year. He said the total sum of Rs9 billion included Rs7029 million for 544 ongoing schemes and Rs1970 million for new schemes. The additional chief secretary further said all of the allocated Rs2536 million had been released against 160 development schemes.
Besides, he said, 50

percent allocation of Rs348 million with an additional amount of Rs700 million had also been released for 19 other schemes supposed to be completed by the end of the current financial year. Similarly, he said, 25 percent of Rs913 million had been issued against 358 other ongoing schemes till October 2015.
The secretary of works and services department, Aijaz Ahmed Memon, while briefing the meeting informed that out of total allocation of Rs9 billion, Rs4.53 billion had been released and around 50 percent of it had been used till October 2015.
However, he assured that work on the development schemes had been expedited and all the targeted schemes will be completed during the stipulated period.
Finance minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said his management was ready to release funds but he proposed that in case of any constraints, the schemes can be completed by public-private partnership of investment.
He asked the officers of planning and development, finance and works and services departments to consult with each other and identify schemes which can be finalised under the PPP mode of investment and submit the report within a week.

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