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Negligible utilization of uplift funds by few provincial departments irks Chief Minister Sindh

Karachi, April 08, 2015 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has expressed displeasure on the performance of various departments which have failed to utilise development budget for the concluding financial year 2014-15. “This is unacceptable at all. The PPP government gives top priority to development of the province and I would never allow negligence into it.”

This he said while presiding over a review meeting of development works being carried out all over Sindh here at CM House today. The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Mohammad Waseem, Secretary Development Rehana Memon, Secretary (Planning) P and D Dr Shireen Narejo, Secretary Technical PS Rajani, Chief Economist Abdul Fatah Marri and other top officers of Planning and Development Department.

Briefing the chief minister the additional chief Secretary (Development) Mr Waseem said that the total development portfolio of current financial year 2014-15 was Rs168 billion which include Rs143 billion provincial ADP and Rs25 billion district ADP. “There are 2937 schemes, of them 1658 are on-going schemes and 1279 new schemes. Rs90.1 billion were allocated for on-going and Rs52.9billion new schemes,” he said.

He said out of total development budget 15 percent budget was allocated for local government, 14 percent for energy,, 9 percent for health, 8 percent for education 7 percent for special initiatives, 7 percent for road constructions, 6 percent for irrigation and 34 percent for other medium and small schemes.

The ACS giving presentation about the utilization of development budget said that Auqaf, Zakat and Religious Affairs has utilized only 20 percent development budget. “Rs266.4 million were allocated for their uplift schemes, of them Rs161.548 million have been released upto April 4, 2015 and their utilization of the released funds comes to Rs32.756 million,” he said and added “the health department has Rs 13,224.924 million budget against which Rs7.200.616 million have been released against which they have utilized Rs2.775 billion and their utilization ratio of released funds comes to 39 percent.”

Mr Waseem said that the industries department had allocation of Rs125.558 million against which Rs38.5 million have been released while their utilization is only Rs17.816 million which shows the utilization ratio of 46 percent. “The Labour Department has allocation of Rs103.680 million against which the finance department has released Rs9.390 million and they have utilized only Rs1.5 million which comes to 16 percent of the released funds,” he deplored.

Talking about Livestock and Fisheries Department the ACS said that their allocation was of Rs2,070.67 million against which Rs599.249 million have been released while they have utilized only Rs111.689 million which is 19 percent utilization of the released funds. On this chief minister asked the ACS Mr Waseem if he had taken up the issue with Livestock department he replied in affirmative and said he had sent a number of letters to them.

He said the Mines and Mineral Department has a allocation of Rs279.420 million against which the finance dept has released Rs85.673 million while they have utilized only Rs3.450 million which shows that utilization is only 4 percent of the released amount. This figure displeased chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and he directed his Principal Secretary Mr Allamuddin Bullo to convene a special meeting of secretaries of the departments who have failed to utilize their development budget. “This is a very deplorable position and how I can tolerate it,” he said.

The ACS (Development), Mr Waseem said that the population Welfare department has also utilized only 12 percent. “They have the allocation of Rs1760.000 million and their utilisation is only Rs91.103 million which is only 12 percent of the total released funds,” he said. On this the chief minister observed that the performance of the department is deplorable.

Talking about transport department, he said it has an allocation of Rs 3,216.000 million against which Rs72.138 million have been released while the department has utilized only Rs7.581 million which is 11 percent utilization. This figure displeased the chief minister and he said that there were lot of transport issues in the province and the department was not performing well.

The chief minister also showed his displeasure on the Works and Services Department when the ACS told him that they have utilized Rs 4,915.413 against the released funds of Rs9,594.438 million which becomes 51 percent utilisation. This department has total allocation of Rs 9,744.480 million.

The Social Welfare department has also utilised only 31 percent development funds. It has an alllocation of Rs313.2 million against which the Finance has released Rs94 million while utilisation is 29.277 million. The chief minister decided to chair a joint meeting of finance, planning and development departments in which the secretaries of the department which have shown unsatisfactory results in terms of development works next week. In that meeting provincial ministers would also be invited.

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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