Roads, transport sectors get more than half of uplift funds

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LAHORE THE Punjab government has focused the electioneering related development activities during the first six months of the ongoing fiscal year 2012-13 by approving more than 70 percent of the Annual Development Program fund during the period.



The government, out of Rs151.527 billion funds released for development schemes, provided over Rs84 billion for roads and transport sectors only. For transport sector, Rs42.731 billion worth 14 schemes were approved, out of which a mega chunk of almost Rs21 billion was released for the Metro Bus Service (MBS).


According to official figures released by the Punjab Planning and Development Board on Monday in a review meeting chaired by P&D Board Chairman Javed Aslam, the board had approved Rs151.527 billion worth schemes during the first six months of the ongoing fiscal year against the total volume of Rs210 billion ADP. The government has also released almost all the approved schemes funds in six months for timely execution before the general election.

The P&D Board had successfully conducted 25 meetings of the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) during the six months period and approved 134 development schemes of 21 different development sectors. Interestingly, the Metro Bus Service (MBS) has received highest chunk from the funds while road infrastructure remained the focus of the provincial government during the first six moths.


Official figures quoted that 14 schemes of Rs42.731 billion were approved for transport sector during the six months out of which major approval was given to the MBS project with almost Rs21 billion worth funds release.


The government had also approved Rs26.45 billion worth four schemes for agriculture sector out of which a major chunk went to Green Tractor Scheme.


The provincial government had approved six schemes worth Rs10.065 billion for education sector and two schemes of Rs3.035 billion of literacy sector.


After devolution of power to the province as result of 18th Amendment of the constitution, the Punjab government had also approved 11 development schemes worth Rs19.5 billion for the health sector.


Interestingly, the Punjab government, after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s youth focused electioneering campaign also paid attention to the youth and approved one scheme of Rs15.13 billion worth for the Youth Affairs sector.


Besides, Rs16.93 billion worth of three schemes were started under the Special Infrastructure Sector and Rs42.135 billion were released for 49 schemes of Roads Sector.


The government released an amount of Rs92.367 million for a scheme of Mines and Minerals sector, Rs620.845 million for four schemes of Archeology Sector and Rs290.500 million for a scheme of Information and Culture Sector. In Irrigation sector, the government had given approval to 11 schemes during the first six months of Rs12.532 billion worth. To control the energy issue damages in the forthcoming general election, the Punjab government had also approved two schemes for the sector worth Rs2.896 billion.


Eight schemes of Rs6.524 billion worth were approved for the Public Buildings Sector, Rs1.539 billion worth six schemes were passed for the Urban Development Sector, one scheme of Rs460.529 million of the District Programme and three schemes of Rs1.594 billion worth of Regional Planning Sector were approved during the first six months of fiscal year 2012-13.


Three schemes worth Rs.483 million were approved for P&D Sector and two schemes worth Rs1.084 billion for Auqaf. Whereas, a scheme of DERA Sector worth Rs2.331 million and a scheme relating to Consultancy Sector worth Rs1.200 million were also approved in the PDWP meetings which were conducted by the Punjab Planning and Development Department during the first half of ongoing fiscal year.



Courtesy:  The News

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