ISLAMABAD: The government has earmarked a sum of Rs 21.04 billon for Interior Division for fiscal year 2021-22 under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), compared to Rs14.76 billion in fiscal year 2020-21.

The budget document shows an increase of 42.6 percent in funds allocated for various attached departments of the Interior Ministry, including Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Islamabad police, Immigration and Passport (I&P), Frontier Constabulary (FC), Pakistan Coast Guards and Pakistan Rangers, and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration

According to budgetary document released Friday, the Interior Division would execute 26 new and 24 ongoing projects during next financial year 2021-22.

Out of Rs 21.04 billon, Rs 3154.671 million allocated for land acquisition for conduction of water from Indus Water System at Tarbela Dam to the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, while another Rs 3000 million has been earmarked for construction of 10th avenue Islamabad.

The government has allocated Rs 1717.380 million for Korang River and Rawal Lake Water Treatment Islamabad, and set aside Rs 1000 million allocated for balance works for operationalization of metro bus from Peshawar Morr to new Islamabad International Airport.

According to the budget document, Rs 825 million for construction of Koran bridge and PWD underpass Islamabad and Rs 800 million for construction of Model Prison at H-16 Islamabad.

In the budget 2021-22, Rs 710.215 million for capacity enhancement of Western Border by rising eight additional wings for Frontier Crops Balochistan, Rs 530 million allocated for Water Supply System in Forward Area of FC south DI Khan and another Rs 500 earmarked for development infrastructure in UC Sohan, Rajwal Town, Chak Shahzad, Saidpur, Noorpur Shahan Malpur, KoHathical, Phulgran, Pindi Bhawal and Kurri Islamabad.

Under the new scheme, Rs 457 million has been allocated for construction of accommodation for Bhitall Rangers at Karachi, Rs 400 million for feasibility study for conduction of water from Indus water system at Tarbela Dam to the cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and another approved for Rs 400 million for operational improvement of FIA in Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism and Case Management System.

As per the budget breakdown, Rs 400 million has been earmarked for revamping of Cyber Crime Wing of FIA, besides setting asides Rs 400 million for construction of accommodation for 2 wing headquarters at Mehrban Killi and Barai Pakdara Khyber Tribal district FC Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The government has allocated Rs 400 million construction of accommodation for 2 wing headquarters at Jamal Maya and Chari Killi Orakazi Tribal district FC KP Peshawar and earmarked another Rs 359.500 million for construction of administrative and operation facilities of headquarters Wana FC KP.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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