KP dis­tricts govt spent Rs30b out of Rs42b bud­get

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

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.

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