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Chief Minister directs planning and development department to complete 324 uplift schemes by June 2015

Karachi, March 16, 2015 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the planning and development department to priorities the development schemes in consultation with the provincial departments by March 24 so that they could be funded accordingly and also decided to fix April 15 as cut- of- date to release funds for the development schemes going on during the ADP 2014-15.

He took these decisions while presiding over a meeting regarding allocation, releases and expenditures of Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2014-15 here at the CM House on Monday. Those who attended the meeting include Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Waseem Ahmed, Secretary Finance Sohial Rajput and senior officers of the Planning and Development Department.

ACS (Development) Waseem Ahmed, giving presentation to the chief minister, said that the current ADP was of Rs168 billion, including Rs143 billion provincial and Rs25 billion district ADP. “Under the provincial ADP of Rs143 billion 2,937 schemes have been taken up, of them 1658 schemes are on-going and 1,279 are new,” he said.

Giving details of the releases of funds and expenditures, he said out of Rs90.065 billion allocated for on-going 1,658 schemes the finance department has released Rs65.825 billion of which Rs41.4 billion have been utilized. The utilization comes to 61 percent. “For Rs52.935 billion 1,279 new schemes the finance department released Rs4.133 billion and they have utilised Rs1.859 billion and the utilisation percentage of the released amount comes to 45 percent.”

The ACS (Dev), Mr Waseem said “the number of schemes to be completed by June 2015 are 324 for which Rs12951.548 are required against which the government has released Rs10497.814 million and utilisation is Rs6689.879 million.”

Minister Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah briefed the chair about the funds availability. He said “Rs3 billion were actually allocated for the subsidy of the wheat. But due to wrong policy of the federal government under which wheat was imported from Ukraine Sindh suffered huge financial loss and it was forced to reduce price of the wheat lying in our godowns. Top of it Sindh government gave another Rs12 per kg subsidy on sugarcane price. In this way over all Rs10 billion extra burden fall on the shoulder of Sindh government.”

The chief minister keeping in view the financial position of the province and importance of development decided to provide full funds to the 324 schemes scheduled to be completed by end of June 2015. The schemes which would be completed by the end of next financial year would be given second priority.

“I would suggest the chief secretary to hold a meeting with the secretaries of all the departments and ask them to prioritise their development schemes so that they could be funded accordingly. Those which are not on priority in the current financial year their allocations may be curtailed and diverted to other top priority schemes,” he said.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah expressed his displeasure on the unsatisfactory report in the construction of agriculture workshops. “I would not compromise on the quality of work. The P and D department should ensure quality work by sending its teams. I would also visit development works going on all over Sindh. He directed the P and D department to file a detailed report on the quality of work so that action could be taken against the culprits. The chief minister directed the finance minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to fix April 15, 2015 as cut of date to release funds.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +92-21-99202019
Cell: +92-300-3524057 (Ext: 336)

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