Allocations for PSDP in budget 2012-13

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IMRAN ALI KUNDI and ahmad ahamdani -  Giving top priority to the power sector, the government has announced Rs 185.29 billion for the power sector in the budget 2012-13 besides an overall subsidy of Rs 208.595 billion.

According to the budget document, subsidies have been reduced to Rs 208.595 billion against the estimated subsidy worth of Rs 512.292 billion given in the outgoing fiscal year 2011-12. Keeping in view the severe shortage, the government has given priority to the power sector of the country, as Rs 185.29 billion is allocated under the head.

According to the figures, the government has given Rs 134.970 billion subsidy to the Wapda/Pepco for as compare to the subsidy of Rs 419 billion of the current fiscal year. The break-up of Rs 134.970 billion reveals that Rs 120 billion is allocated for inter-disco tariff differential, Rs 10 billion for receivable from Fata, Rs 100 million for exchange rate differential for USAID, Rs 870 million for 12.5 per cent Government of Pakistan share for agri tube wells and Rs 4 billion for tariff differentials for agri tube wells in Balochistan for the next financial year.

Meanwhile, the government has given Rs 50.317 billion subsidy to the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) for the next fiscal year, which was Rs 45.238 billion of the outgoing fiscal year. Subsidy provided to Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) has been reduced to Rs 10 billion for the next fiscal year against Rs 18.252 billion of the on-going financial year. The Utility Stores Corporation (USC) will get Rs 4 billion more than the outgoing year, as Rs 6 billion is allocated against Rs 2 billion. Ramazan package under the USC has been fixed at Rs 2 billion and Rs 4 billion is allocated for sale of sugar at its outlets. PASSCO will get Rs 5.148 billion in subsidy, which has been reduced from Rs 18.697 billion of the outgoing fiscal year. Meanwhile, Rs 12.150 billion is allocated for others, included Fauji Fertlizer Bin Qasim Ltd, Oil Refineries and Oil Marketing Companies (OMC), and sale of wheat in Fata and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The government has allocated Rs 653.766 million for Commerce Division projects in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the year 2012-13. According to the budgetary documents released on Friday, out of the total allocations for the Commerce Division, Rs.200 million has been allocated for enhancement in Exhibition Halls and Additional Technology Works (Expo Center Lahore Phase-II), Rs 143.780 million for purchase of equipment, furnishing, Curriculum Development and Training of Pakistan School of Fashion Design, Lahore and Rs 100 million for the up-gradation of Animal Quarantine Stations in Pakistan.

The government has also allocated Rs 80 million for Trade and Transport Facilitation Project-II: Trade and Transport Facilitation Unit, Islamabad, Rs 70 million for Restructuring of Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD), Islamabad, Rs 40 million for Adoption of Social Accountability and Rs.19.986 million for establishment of Animal Quarantine Station Gwadar. The government has allocated Rs 2,591.361 million for 56 development programmes of Housing and Works Division in the PSDP for year 2012-13.

According to budget documents issued here on Friday, Rs 771.816 million has been allocated for the construction of a new Secretariat Block, Constitution Avenue Islamabad and Rs 150 million each for the construction of office building for NAB Head Office at G-5/1 Islamabad and construction/widening/improvement of M/Road to Jetha Bhatta Feroze Road to Channi Goth via 87/A Akhtar Nagar Doshkana Road, Rahim Yar Khan. Rs 267.761 million has been reserved for Musa Khail Tunsa Road (35 KM) Stretch Road Zhob, Rs 206.787 million for re-settlement of Christian Community in Quetta and Rs 109.480 million for Water Supply Scheme Dir Town District Dir Upper. Likewise, Rs 130 million has been allocated for the construction & rehabilitation of roads in Dir Upper District (PF-92), Rs.100 million for safe drinking water supply in Malakand, Rs 87.816 million for the construction of RCC roads in Dir Upper District, Rs 80 millions for the construction & rehabilitation of roads in Dir Upper District (PF-93) and Rs 100 million for the construction of Under Pass Railway Crossing at Gujar Khan. The government has earmarked Rs 325 million for Ports and Shipping Division in Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2012-13.

According to budgetary document released here on Friday, Rs 200 million is allocated to construction of Eastaby Epessway to link Gawadar Port with National road network and Rs 125 million allocated for stock Assistant Survey Programme in EEZ of Pakistan through chartering of fisheries research vessel and capacity building of marine fisheries department. The government has allocated Rs 227 million for the development of Textile Industry Division in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the year 2012-13.

The government has allocated Rs 92 million for establishing the Faisalabad Garments City in Punjab and 89 million for the Lahore Garment City Projects for the development of textile sector in the country. The government has also earmarked Rs 21 million for Pak-Korean Garments Technology Training Institute, Karachi and Rs 15 million for the extension in the export development plan implementation unit. The government has allocated Rs 47,192.279 million for the water sector in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the year 2012-13 for 78 ongoing and new projects.According to the budgetary documents released on Friday, the government has specified Rs 6,000 million for raising of Mangla Dam, Rs 2,400 million each for Kacchi Canal (Phase-1) and extension of Right Bank Outfall Drain, Rs 2,000 million for Rainee Canal (Phase-1), Rs 500 million for Kurrum Tangi Dam and Rs 2,000 million for Nai Gaj Dam in the PSDP for 2012-13.

Similarly, Rs 700 million has been earmarked for the construction of 100 small dams in Balochistan, Rs 300 million for Satpara Dam, Rs 1,500 million for Naulong Storage Dam, Rs 1,800 million for Gomal Zam Dam, Rs 1,590 million for construction of small storage dams in Sindh, and Rs 2,000 million for Darwat Dam. The government has allocated Rs.268.08 million for Petroleum and Natural Resources under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for Year 2012-13. According to a budgetary document released here on Friday, out of total allocation Rs. 200 million will be spent for completion of Petroleum House in the Federal Capital. The Petroleum House will be completed with an estimated cost of Rs. 452.44 million. Whereas Rs.32.68 million and Rs.34.49 million have been earmarked for upgradation/ strengthening of Geo sciences Advance Research Laboratories and Accelerated Geological Mapping and GeochemicalExploration of the Out-crop area of Pakistan. Funds have also been allocated under the Programme for review/upgradation of National Mineral Policy. The government has allocated Rs.211.714 million for Economic Affairs Division (EAD) in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2012-13 for its two development projects.

According to the Budgetary document released here on Friday, out of the total allocations of Rs.719.556million, Rs.199.00 million has  been allocated for the project Capacity Building of Teachers Training Institution of Ministry of Education and training of elementary schools teachers in Islamabad Capital Territory, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Out of total cost of the project, Rs.470.225 million have been  spent upto June 2012. For another project of EAD, Institutional Strengthening and  efficiency enhancement of EAD (Revised) Rs.12.714 million have been allocated in the PSDP 2012-13 and upto June 2012 Rs.37.286 million have been spent on the project.

An amount of Rs. 409.3 million has been allocated for seven schemes of telecom sector in Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for fiscal 2012-13. According to budgetary document released here on Friday, Rs. 50 million have been allocated to construct cross border optical fiber cable system between China and Pakistan while National ICT scholarship would be provided Rs. 60 million to facilitate the students. Similarly, another project - GSM expansion of Gilgit-Baltistan is earmarked Rs. 120 million and laying of OFC to connect Remote Areas of GB and AJK allocated Rs. 100 million. The interconnect billing and customer support system for SCO is allocated Rs. 62 million under the next PSDP. The government under its Public Development Sector Programme (PSDP) 2012-13 has allocated Rs 140 million for the Statistics division.

According to the budgetary document released here on Friday, the government has allocated Rs. 140 million for the project Pakistan Social  and Living Standard Measurement Survey, Islamabad. The government has allocated Rs. 495 million in its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for year 2012-13 for the development of food and agriculture sector in the country. Under the program, the government will spend Rs. 170 million on research for agriculture development, where as about Rs. 150 million has been allocated to establish National Institute of Genomic and  Advanced Bio-Technology. A sum of Rs. 70 million has allocated for Special Program for Strengthening of SPS Facilities and Quality inspection services in compliance with WTO-establishment of an inspection services (NAPHIS). In PSDP 2012-13, the government has allocated Rs. 25 million respectively for the projects Pak-China cooperation for agricultural research and development and for monitoring of crops through satellite technology.

The government has also allocated Rs. 5 million for establishment of horticulture unit for nursery fruit plant and vegetables’ seeds certification system in Pakistan. The PPP-led ruling coalition government has earmarked Rs 22.88 billion for 37 development projects of the Pakistan Railways (PR) in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2012-13.

Budgetary documents released on Friday revealed that a heavy amount of Rs 2,000 million has been allocated for procurement/manufacturing of 50 D E locomotives, Rs 5,739 for procurement/manufacturing of 202 new Design Passenger Carriage (revised) (China), Rs 2,500 million for replacement of old and obsolete signal gear from Lodhran Khanewal-Shahdara Bagh mainline section, Rs 1,000 million for rehabilitation of 27 Diesel Electric locomotives, Rs 1,000 million for special repair of 150 locomotives, Rs 1,041 million for the replacement of metal sleepers and track renewal on Lodhran-Shahdara section, Rs 800m for replacement of three brake down/rescue cranes and procurement of five sets of relief train equipment.

The PPP-led regime has also allocated Rs797 million for rehabilitation of Railways assets damaged during the riots of December 27 and 28, 2007. So far, the government has utilised Rs5.274 billion on this project in the last four years against the total required cost of Rs 7.834 billion. Further, for revival of Karachi circular railways as modern commuter system an allocation for the next year is just Rs10 million, though the total cost of the project stood at Rs128.60 billion with the proposed Japanese assistance (JICA) of Rs120.785 billion. The government has also allocated Rs800 million for replacement of three brake down and rescue cranes and procurement of five sets relief train equipment with foreign exchange component of Rs 494 million out of the total estimated cost of Rs1.638 billion in PSDP 2012-13. For doubling of track from Shahdara to Lalamusa, the government has allocated Rs300 million while Rs 638.277million for same purpose of doubling of track on Lodhran to Khanewal section via Multan Cantt and for track rehabilitation of Khanpur-Lodhran section, Rs285 million has also been allocated in PSDP 2012-13.

However, it is worth mentioning that the government has allocated Rs1000 million for procurement of 500 high capacity bogie wagons and 40 power vans, Rs797 million for rehabilitation of railways assets damaged during riots of 27th-28th December, 2007, Rs 342m for conversion of Mirpur Khas to Khokrapar meter gauge section into broad gauge and extension up to India border (135kms), Rs 18m for PMU in Ministry of Railways (revised), Rs 69m for setting up dry port at Prem Nagar including acquisition of land, Rs 399m for establishment of ICT dry port near Shershah railway station (revised), Rs 25.277m for strengthening of Planning Directorates, Ministry of Railways, Islamabad, while Rs 5.140m for renovation/improvement of Khudian Kahs, Usmanwala and Kanganpur railway stations, and Rs 1m for construction of new “D” class railway station at new Multan city.

Further, Rs7.713million for renovation/repair of Lansdowne bridge on Rohri-Jacobabad section near Sukkar. The federal government has earmarked a sum of Rs 774.5 million for 31 schemes of Industries Division while the Production Division would get Rs 612 million for five different schemes in Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2012-13. Budgetary documents revealed on Friday that the government, for five different schemes of Production Division, has allocated sum Rs 612 million where the foreign aid component would stand at Rs 25945.160 million.

According to details, Rs80 million has been allocated for establishment of turbines and power plant equipment manufacturing facilities at HMC, Taxila without any foreign aid in this regard, while total Rs240 million for development of marble & granite sector including estimated sum Rs21543 million of foreign aid, and Rs200 million for development project of Pakistan Gems and Jewellery Development Company with an estimated foreign aid component worth Rs1400 million. Similarly, the government has earmarked Rs75 million for establishment of design institute especially for energy sector plants by upgrading existing design centre while Rs17 million for establishment of Gems and Jewellery Training and Processing Centre, Muzaffarabad (AJK).

The government has earmarked a sum of Rs.774.5 million for 31 schemes of Industries Division. Rs22.844 million along with Rs435.637 million of foreign aid has also been allocated for Sports Industries Development Centre Sialkot, Rs55.083 million including estimated Rs400 million of foreign aid has been shared out for establishment of Bostan Industrial Estate Phase-I, Rs40 million along with estimated foreign aid worth Rs300 million for Coster Oil Solvent Extraction Plant at Uthal district Lasbella, Rs70 million including estimated Rs 287.380 million for establishment of Intake & Brine Disposal System/Civil Works for desalination plants at Gaddani, Jiwani & Pasni, Rs40 million along with estimated 264.500 million component of foreign aid for Meat Processing and Butchers Training Centre, Multan, Rs500 million including Rs 247.358 million for water supply schemes for HUB Industrial Trading Estate Phase-II, Rs10 million including Rs179m for Foundry Service Centre, Lahore, Rs 55million together with Rs 174.250 million for establishment of infrastructure in Quetta Industrial Estate (Phase-II), Rs 18.724 million as well as sum Rs171.670 million of foreign aid for Sialkot Business & Commerce Centre (CBCC) while Rs 55 million along with Rs126.930 million for provision of infrastructure in Quetta industrial estate (Phase-v) and Rs40 million including Rs104.345 million for establishment of Chromite Benefication Plant at Muslim bagh, district Qilla saifullah (Balochistan) has been allocated in the budget.

It is worth mentioning here that Rs30 million along with Rs100m of estimated foreign aid for upgradation of NFC Institute of Engineering & Technology facilities, Rs11.700 million including estimated Rs59.750 million for institutional development in MOIP&SI with respect to WTO, Rs30.645 million including Rs59.500million for revival of Multani Blue Potter (MBP), Rs1m along with estimated foreign aid worth Rs59.800 million while Rs26.360m including foreign aid sum Rs58.840 million for Women Business Incubation Centre, Lahore and Rs17.440 million including estimated worthy amount Rs58.840 million of foreign aid for Women Business Development Centre, Quetta. Similarly, Rs17.440 million along with estimated Rs 58.080million of foreign aid for Women Business Centre, Karachi has been allocated in PSDP 2012-13 while Rs9.030 million including estimated foreign aid worth of Rs 28.410 million for Women Business Development Centre, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Rs9.510 million including Rs36.990 million of estimated foreign aid for PM quality award has been earmarked in the PSDP. Further, for establishment of CFC for honey processing & packaging at Swat, a heavy amount of Rs20.530 million along with estimated Rs38.170 million of foreign aid has been allocated. The government has allocated Rs.135 million for Climate Change Division in Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the year 2012-13.

According to the budgetary document released here on Friday, a major allocation of Rs. 76 million is made for Global Change Impact Study Centre. The other major project are Sustainable Land Management to Combat Decertification in the country with allocation of Rs. 76 million and for Establishing National Bio Safety Centre (NBC) project allocated Rs. 6 million. In other scheme National Conservation Strategy Resource Centre would be established with allocation of Rs. 6 million and National Multilateral Environmental Secretariat amount is allocated Rs 14 million.

 

Courtesy: The Nation


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