Sindh leads in utilisation of development funds: Qaim


KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah has said an amount of Rs 90 billion has been spent against the Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2013-14 and this utilisation stands 63 percent of the released amount. 
It is better utilisation as compared to the other provinces in the development head. Addressing the meeting to review the performance of Planning and Development Department with reference to the releases made by the Finance Department he directed the officers to expedite the development work and to ensure maximum utilisation of the Annual Development outlay of Rs 165 billion for Provincial Development Schemes.  
He said as compared to the previous government before 2008, the PPP government has raised development budget up to 400 percent to 500 percent and have achieved considerable improvement in terms of releases and utilisation of development funds and quality of work. He said it was also first time in the history that his government has introduced the development strategy to release of 100 percent allocation to important and immediate nature of development scheme and added that about 575 and 50 percent development schemes would be completed by the end of June 2014 through this strategy. 
Emphasising importance of the development schemes of communication sector, he directed the officers to complete the ongoing construction work of 34 kilometers Umerkot to Kunri road for which Rs 65 million have already been released.  
He directed the officers concerned to pay full attention and complete these schemes on priority basis. The Chief Minister also took serious notice of delay in implementation of Sindh Government Gasification and Village Electrification by the concerned authorities. 
He said instead of having been Sindh government amount of Rs 2.6 billion pending with Sui Southern Gas Company, they did not fulfill their commitment for starting the implementation on schemes which they made in the meetings with Sindh government. 
He asked the Chief Secretary Sindh and adviser Finance to coordinate with relevant authorities and get these schemes implemented. CM Sindh urged for upgrading the Child and Mother Health Care facilities.

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