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Government releases Rs 19bn till Aug 17 for uplift projects

By: Ijaz Kakakhel

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has released Rs 19 billion during July to August 17 of fiscal year 2012-13 for various developmental projects for new fiscal year 2012-13 under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), official figures revealed here on Saturday.

The total PSDP releases under developmental budget are Rs 19 billion, which are further classified as Rs 7.9 billion for infrastructure sector, Rs 9.9 billion for social sector, Rs 0.4 billion for others sectors and Rs 0.8 billion for Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA). These releases are made for 1,075 various national importance developmental projects.

Total size of the federal PSDP 2012-13 is Rs 360 billion including Rs 100 billion as foreign exchange component (FEC) and Rs 27 billion as special programme. The releases against special programmes are being made by the cabinet and finance divisions. The foreign aid disbursement amount is received in the Economic Affairs Division. Therefore, the above releases are against Rs 233 billion (Rs 360 billion, Rs 100 billion and Rs 27 billion), and the Planning and Development Division released funds (Rs 19 billion) against this amount (Rs 233 billion).

Rupee component of power sector projects is arranged by Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) from its own resources. Therefore, rupee component of power sector projects is not part of budget and not released by Planning and Development Division except for a few projects.

Releases for some of the important projects are; National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Healthcare Rs 2.192 billion, Population Welfare Programme, Punjab (2010-15) Rs 310 million, Population Welfare Programme, Sindh (2010-15) Rs 177 million, National Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Programme UK, Rs 209.244 million, Safety Analysis Centre to provide Regulatory Support and for Indigenisation of NPP in Pakistan Rs 25.356 million, Establishment of National Dosimetry and Protection Level Calibration Laboratory Rs 21.136 million, Enhancement in Exhibition Halls and Additional Technology Works (Expo Centre Lahore Phase – II) Rs 200 million, 2 x 50 megawatts (MW) Power Plant from Syngas (IGCC – 2009) Tharparkar Rs 900 million.

Out of the block allocation of Rs 9.547 billion for Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the government released Rs 1.909 billion by August 17. Construction of High Security Block Ministry of Foreign Affairs Islamabad Rs 300 million, Gilgit-Baltistan (Block Allocation) Rs 1.358 billion, Federal Programme under Access to Justice Programme, Islamabad Rs 165.565 million, Procurement of 150 DE Locos Rs 200 million, Procurement/Manufacture of 202 New Design Passenger Carriages (Revised) China, Rs 400 million, Replacement of old and obsolete signal gear from Lodhran Khanewal – Shahdara Bagh Mainline Section of Pakistan Railways (IBD) Rs 300 million, Rehabilitation of Railways Assets Damaged during riots of December 27 and 28, 2007 Rs 300 million, Rehabilitation of 27 number (HGMU – 30) Diesel Electric Locomotives (Revised PC-I) Rs 423 million, Rehabilitation, Upgradation and Conversion of 400 Coaches Rs 100 million, Replacement of Three Brake Down and Rescue Cranes and Procurement of Five Sets of Relief Train Equipment Rs 550 million, and Federally Administered Tribal Areas Rs 2.869 billion.

Raising of Mangla Dam including resettlement Rs 1.200 billion, Extension of Right Bank Outfall Drain from Sehwan to Sea, (RBODII), Dadu and Thatta District of Sindh, Rs 480 million, Revamping and Rehabilitation of Irrigation and Drainage System of Sindh Rs 280 million, Construction of Small Storage Dams, Delay Action Dams, Retention Weirs & ISSO Barriers in Sindh Rs 348 million, Rehabilitation of Irrigation System in Khyber Pakhtunhhwa Rs 140 million, Makhi Farash Link Canal Project (Chotiari Phase-II), Sindh Rs 100 million and Construction of Fall Structure on Nara Canal, Resection of Rato Canal RD 0-72, Strengthening of Jamro Canal, Sindh Rs 100 million.

However, the government could not release a single penny for Diamer Bhasha Dam, which will generate 4,500 MW power on completion.

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