The Centre of Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) on Monday said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has utilised nearly 18 per cent of its budget from the Annual Development Programme in the first half of the fiscal year 2015-16.
According to a press release of CGPA, the development spending of incumbent Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is once again sluggish. The expenditure details of spending available on KP government finance website depicts Rs 31.14 billion spent as on January 5, 2016 against the total Rs 175.02 billion Annual Development Programme (ADP) for fiscal year 2015-16. As on January 5, 2016, the KP government has released Rs 67.8 billion for development projects.
“CGPA has filed two information requests to KP finance and Planning and Development (P&D) departments under Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013 to triangulate the information available on the finance department website, but despite lapse of more than 20 days, no expenditure details were provided,” the report said.
The CGPA has urged the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to expedite its utilisation of development budgets, which has been a regular concern for the province.
CGPA analysis of utilisation of development budget for the fiscal year 2015-16 depicts that only 18 per cent of its allocated development budget has been utilised in the first half of FY 2015-16.
In terms of actual expenditures, road sector utilised Rs 6.41 billion out of Rs 19 billion allocated under KP ADP 2015-16 which is 33.7 per cent of total ADP for roads. District ADP, which has been allocated Rs 30.2 billion, has utilised 6.08 billion (20.12 per cent).
On the other hand, the local government department, which has been allocated Rs18.3 billion, could utilize Rs 2.7 billion only. Elementary and secondary education could utilize only Rs 1.8 billion (11.5 per cent) of the total allocated Rs 15.9 billion to the sector.
Similarly health sector, which has been in dismal condition, could utilize only Rs1.5 billion out of 12.4 billion (12.5 per cent).
The cumulative performance of others sector remained as; water sector was allocated 6.8 billion and utilised 1.8 billion (26.6 per cent), drinking water and sanitation sector was allocated 7.3 billion and utilised 1.5 billion (20.4 per cent), higher education was allocated 6.1 billion and utilised 1.2 billion (20.9 per cent), agriculture sector was allocated 2.4 billion and utilised 867 million (35.1 per cent), pro poor initiatives sector was allocated 8.1 billion and utilised 860 million (10.5 per cent).
Finance sector was allocated 6 billion and utilised 825 million (13.6 per cent), energy and power sector was allocated 3.7 billion and utilised 792 million (21.1 per cent), multi sectoral development sector was allocated 13.5 billion and utilised 635 million (4.67 per cent), forestry sector was allocated 1.2 billion and utilised 561 million (45.21 per cent), home sector was allocated 6.3 billion and utilised 453 million (7.1 per cent), industries sector was allocated 4.5 billion and utilised 402 million (8.86 per cent), building sector was allocated 1.2 billion and utilised 308 million (24.25 per cent), law and justice sector was allocated 1.1 billion and utilised 279 million (23.3 per cent).
Sports tourism and archaeology sector was allocated 1.3 billion and utilised 229 million (16.6 per cent), board of revenue sector was allocated 1.1 billion and utilised 122 million (10.8 per cent), relief and rehabilitation sector was allocated 2.2 billion and utilised 62 million (2.8 per cent), housing sector was allocated 956 million and utilised 56 million (5.9 per cent), ST & IT sector was allocated 1 billion and utilised 56 million (5.2 per cent).
Social welfare sector was allocated 526 million and utilised 42 million at 8 per cent, information sector was allocated 224 million and utilised 32 million at 14.4 per cent, population welfare sector was allocated 349 million and utilised 16.5 million at 4.7 per cent, mines and minerals sector was allocated 626 million and utilised 16 million at 2.5 per cent.
Auqaf, Hajj, Religious and Minority affairs was allocated 222 million and utilised 15 million at 6.9 per cent, excise taxation and narcotics control sector was allocated 406 million and utilised 13.5 million at 3.3 per cent, food sector was allocated 501 million and utilised 10 million at 2 per cent, research and development sector was allocated 6.8 million and utilised 5 million at 73 per cent.
It is astonishing that research and development sector consist of a single project which is the rehabilitation of Thana Bazar road in Malakand which perhaps should have fallen in road sector, transport sector was allocated 234 million and utilised 1.4 million at 0.62 per cent environment sector was allocated 57 million and utilised 0.5 million at 0.94 per cent and labour sector was allocated 74 million and utilised 0.1 million at 0.24 per cent.