KP districts govt spent Rs30b out of Rs42b budget
PESHAWAR—The district governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have only realized Rs30 billion out of the Rs42 billion allotted by the provincial government billion for district development programs. A press release issued by the provincial government disclosed that more Rs12 billion of the amount was for developments schemes which are incomplete and still ongoing.
The Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa successfully held local government elections which led to a strong grassroots democratic structure with strength of over 44000 representatives. Section 53 (a) of the Local Government Act 2013 envisages that development grant for local governments should not be less than 30% of the total development budget of the province.
Therefore, the provincial government had allocated Rs.42 billion for district development programs. However, the district governments could only plan for Rs30 billion rupees, and Rs12 billion allocated to these districts included schemes which were still incomplete. The provincial government is struggling in realize 201516 budget estimates revenue and has to cut down its development budget.
According to the analysis of Center for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA), Rs15.13 billion has been released under District ADP out of the total Rs. 30 billion allocated budget for districts. The village and neighborhood councils have received Rs 6.5 billion out of Rs 13.1 billion allocation, tehsils/town councils have received Rs 4.2 billion out of Rs 8.5 billion, while district councils have received Rs4.3 billion out of Rs8.5 billion allocation.
The funds were distributed under provincial finance commission formula which allocates 60% on population, 20% on backwardness and 20% on lag in infrastructure. The provision to districts under ADP scheme No. PS15000373 estimated the budget at Rs. 8.5 billion but only 4.3 billion was received.