Government releases Rs 428.578 bln under PSDP

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 21 (APP): The federal government has released
over Rs 428.578 billion for different social sector developmental
projects under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2016-17 as against the total allocations of Rs 800 billion.
The data released by ministry of Planning revealed that the
government released Rs 17.251 billion till February 17 for
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) against its total
allocations of Rs. 27.690 billion.
The government also released Rs 111.4124 billion for
infrastructure and development projects under National Highway
Authority (NHA) against its total allocation of Rs 188 billion for
FY 2016-17.
In addition, Rs 94.7 billion have been released for Water and
Power Development Authority (Power Sector) and other power sector
projects as against the total allocation of Rs 130 billion for
current fiscal year to overcome the shortage of energy in the
country.
Meanwhile, a sum of Rs 9.063 billion has been released for
Water and Power Division (Water sector) projects for building the
mega water reservoirs as compared to total allocations of Rs 31.716
billion in federal PSDP 2016-17.
About Rs 8.5487 billion have been released for Higher
Education Commission as compared to its total allocation of Rs
21.486 billion for the year 2016-17.
Similarly an amount of Rs 4.203 billion has been provided to
Housing and Works Division against the allocations of Rs 7.687
billion while an amount of Rs 2.4439 billion has been released for
Finance Division out of total Rs 9.4337 billion.
According to the data, the government released Rs 9.43 billion
for Interior Division against its total allocations of Rs 11.568
billion while an amount of Rs 9.7596 billion has been released for
National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Division out
of its total allocations of Rs 24.951 billion.
The government has released Rs 51.403 billion for Special
Federal Development Programme for Temporary Displaced Persons (TDPs) and Security Enhancement under current year’s development programme for the rehabilitations of TDPs.
The government also released Rs 12.5838 billion for Azad Jammu
and Kashmir (Block and other projects), Rs 4.74 billion for
Gilgit-Baltistan (Block and Other Projects) and Rs 15.1458 billion
for SAFRON/FATA (Block and Other projects).
The Planning Commission of Pakistan has been following a
proper mechanism to release funds.
The commission releases 20 percent funds in first quarter
(July-September), 20 percent in second quarter (October-December),
third quarter and 30 percent each in third quarter (January-March)
and fourth quarter (April-June).