Sindh govt aims to include welfare-oriented schemes in budget 2014-15

KARACHI: Sindh government aims to include maximum number of people welfare oriented schemes in the annual budget financial year 2014-15 to facilitate the public at their doorsteps. Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah directed officers of planning and development to ensure such schemes in next year’s annual budget which have overall positive compact on the society by incorporating agro-based, labour extensive and production based schemes. Education, health, irrigation, water, energy and law and order should be remained top most prioritised sectors of the provincial government. Special forces and allocations will be made for the uplift of these major sectors in upcoming financial year as well, he added. Provincial government was trying its level best to come up to the expectations of the people of Sindh by utilising all available resources for provision of best facilities and services to the people. He said in current financial year 2013-14 utilisation of released funds for development projects as compared to previous years was much better, however there was still room for improvement. He stressed upon the concerned officers to utilise all their capacities and professional expertise with sincerity to serve the people, which was their prime responsibility of public service. He directed the officials of planning and development to prepare a list of those schemes on which less than 20 percent of the allocated funds had been utilised and submit him the report within a week to decide the future of those schemes. Adviser to CM Sindh on finance Murad Ali Shah suggested instead of including low cost projects in provincial annual development programmes (ADP) these schemes should be included in district ADP to facilitate the people and to save energy and time of the people and officers of the development departments as well. He said besides carrying out development works, provision of services like electricity, water supply and gas was also prime responsibility of the provincial government. He suggested additional funds should be allocated for such services in the next year provincial ADP. Additional Chief Secretary planning and development briefed the meeting though power point about the proposal of upcoming annual budget.

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