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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ADP for 2013-14: concern voiced over meagre funds for southern districts

Members of civil society organisation have concerned over meagre share for southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in provincial Annual Development Programme for next fiscal year-2013-14, asked the government to revise ADP by making equal distribution of funds among the entire districts of the province.

Speaking at a press conference here at Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday, Umar Ashgar Khan Foundation, Program Director, Rashida Dohad said that PTI-led provincial government had made sufficient allocation of six southern districts, including Kohat, Karak, Bannu, Hangu, Lakki Marwat, Tank and D I Khan under its ADP expenditure for next fiscal year. He said that a proportion of Rs 3.6 billion has allocated for Southern districts showing share of 4.38 percent, out of total budgetary allocation of Rs 83 billion under the provincial ADP 2013-14.

Ms Dohad said that there was yet to devise any mechanism for distribution of resources on pattern of National Finance Commission NFC award, in the province. According to NFC award, she said that a total share of Southern districts is about 21 percent, under which proportion of Rs 17.43 billion need to be allocated for six districts. Similarly, she said that the government has allocated merely Rs 4.6 billion for six districts of Hazara division, which is about 5.62 percent of the total provincial ADP. She explained according to NFC Award, the total share of Hazara division, is about 19.4 percent.

Flanked by the organisation Program Manager, Kamran Advocate, Shazia Sultan, and Assistant Co-ordinator, Naeem Sarwar, she termed the allocation of funds of development in Southern districts and Hazara division is reflected that the PTI-led provincial government has adopted old feudalistic approaches in provision of funds in the province.

Despite the claims to keep transparency high allocation of funds, she said the government had allocated a heft amount of Rs 50 million for umbrella schemes or block funds in the provincial ADP.

About the allocations for law and justice in ADP, she informed that a sum of Rs 8.1 billion has earmarked for 20 ongoing and eight new development schemes, which is about one percent of the total development budget in KP. She said that the funds of mere Rs 5 million for mobile courts was a joke and unrealistic allocations for provision of speedily justice to the masses. While, she said the hefty amount of funds Rs 200 million has allocated for air conditioners, lift, and generators for Peshawar High Court, showing an 40 percent increase against the allocation for the mobile courts.

Similarly, she said that government had set aside a Rs 470.516 million, which is 0.56 percent of the total layout of development budget for promotion of sports and youth affairs in the province, while mere Rs 20 million would be spent on provision of 400 laptops to students, which is 0.02 percent of the total development proportion, was uneasy to purchase laptops on this amount. She further said that no allocation for promotion of culture activities has made in the provincial annual development for next year, which is totally unfair move by the PTI-led government.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2013


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