KP govt allocates 62pc funds to CM, speaker districts, ignores others - Pakistan Today

KP govt allocates 62pc funds to CM, speaker districts, ignores others

–Funds reappropriated from already ignored districts such as Tank, Shangla, Buner

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has re-appropriated a big portion of the developmental outlay to the districts of Chief Minister Mehmood Khan and Speaker Mushtaq Ahmad, Pakistan Today has learnt.

According to the documents, the Planning and Development Department has re-appropriated more than 1.7 billion funds for 74 development projects of 20 departments. These uplift projects would be mostly carried out in the districts of powerful parliamentarians, shows documents.

Out of Rs 1.7 billion, the home district of Chief Minister Mehmood Khan Swat and Abbottabad representing KP Assembly speaker would get 62 per cent shares of the total re-appropriation.

The department approved Rs 602.355m for Swat district, which makes 35 per cent of the total allocations, while Abbottabad would get Rs475m making 27 per cent share.

Sources in the Planning and Development Department told Pakistan Today that funds were re-appropriated from already ignored districts such as Tank, Shangla, Buner among other, to districts of the powerful parliamentarians.

Even, the newly merged districts were completely ignored in the reappropriation, said sources.

Adding that Instead of shifting and re-appropriating funds for the uplift of the ignored districts-particularly conflict challenged newly merged districts, funds were transferred to the already developed districts. The erstwhile PTI government had too allocated and utilized billions in these districts, said the officials.

Similarly, Swabi, the home district of National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has received Rs109 million and remained third most beneficial district followed by Mansehra with 90 million. While in southern districts, Dera Ismail Khan gets 79 million, Bannu 65 million Kohat 25 million, while Charsadda 47 million and Nowshera 18 million, documents showed.

The tourism department affected the most from the recent transfer, as funds of 11 projects were shifted to the districts of blue-eyed, followed by Education Departments with 10 affected projects.

Similarly, funds of six projects of Multi-Sector Development, five of primary and secondary education, four each of interior, health, agriculture, three each of excise and taxation, local government, construction, forestry, urban development departments, two each of irrigation, minerals, food and social welfare, and one each of transportation, law, industry, IT and Housing department have also been shifted to the KP CM and speaker’s districts.

The projects which lost the funds were transferred to districts such as Swat, Abbottabad, Nowshera, DI Khan and Swabi includes the feasibility of upgrading forest institute, feasibility of setting up hotel management and tourist centers, Higher Education Management Information Systems, renovation of historical places, and special package for district Buner, enhancing capacity of tour operators, feasibility of housing schemes for government servants, renovation and repairing of Majisd Mahabat Khan and funds allocated for purchase of land for graveyards and shamshanghat for minorities.

Similarly, the project of capacity building of the legislation wing of the Law Department, expansion of Gomal Zam irrigation system, setting up Model Coal Mine in Nowshera, the establishment of the District Headquarters Hospital in Torghar and setting up Benazir Bhutto Hospital in Mardan would also suffer after the funds’ reappropriation.