Rs. 298 Billion Released For Public Sector Development Program 2017-18

The government has released Rs 298.24 billion (29 percent) for different development projects under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2017-18 against total budgeted allocation of Rs. 1,001 billion.

However, the government has not so far released funds for the development projects of various ministries, divisions and their departments including Establishment Division, Foreign Affairs Division, Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony Division, Textile Industry Division, Special Federal Development Programme, Energy for All, Clean Drinking Water for All, Special Provision for Completion of CPEC Project and Gas Infrastructure Development Cess.

According to latest data released by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, the government has released Rs. 65.279 billion including Rs. 2.27 billion foreign aid (21 percent of total budgeted amount of the federal ministries) for development projects of various federal ministries against the total budgeted allocation of Rs. 318.88 billion.

The Planning Commission has released Rs. 18.5 billion for development projects of the Ministry of Water and Power (Power Sector) against the budgeted allocation of Rs. 62.15 billion. An amount of Rs. 10.41 billion has been released for Water and Power Division (Water Sector) against the budgeted allocation of Rs. 36.75 billion for current fiscal year.

The government has released Rs. 111.66 billion including Rs. 40.85 billion foreign aid for infrastructure projects of National Highway Authority (NHA) against budgeted allocation of Rs. 325.7 billion. The government has released Rs. 9.38 billion for development projects of Pakistan Railways Division against total budgeted allocation of Rs. 42.9 billion for current fiscal year 2017-18.

The government released Rs. 2.27 billion to Finance Division, Rs. 623.14 million to Aviation Division, Rs. 887.73 million to Port and Shipping Division, Rs. 304.55 million to Science and Technological Research Division, Rs. 212.4 million for Defence Division, Rs. 2.3 billion for Housing and Works Division, Rs. 49.5 million for Information and Broadcasting Division and Rs. 1.73 billion for Defence and Production Division.

An amount of Rs. 10.63 billion has been released for different projects of Higher Education Commission (HEC) against total budgeted allocation of Rs. 35.7 billion.

The government has released Rs. 1.91 billion to Capital Administration and Development Division, Rs. 326 million to Climate Change Division, Rs. 240 million to Commerce Division, Rs. 5.2 billion for Communication Division (Other than NHA), Rs. 4.7 billion to Interior Division, Rs. 114.6 million to Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority and Rs. 1.58 billion to Planning, Development and Reform.

Under PSDP 2017-18, an amount of Rs. 2.7 billion was released for different development projects of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Division against the total budgeted allocation of Rs. 48.7 billion.

The government released Rs. 322.76 million for different developmental projects of National Food Security and Research Division against the earmarked Rs. 1.6 billion for the development of agriculture sector in the country.

The government has released Rs. 36.5 billion for Special Federal Development Programme for temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) against Rs. 90 billion budgeted allocation and Rs9.2 billion for development projects of Prime Minister’s Youth and Hunarmand Programme under current fiscal year 2017-18.

The entire amount of Rs. 30 billion has been released for Prime Minister’s Global SDGs Achievement Programme.

The government has released Rs. 8.56 billion for the development projects of Azad Jammu and Kashmir against the total budgeted allocation of Rs. 25.84 billion for current fiscal year.

The government also released Rs. 6.244 billion for development projects of Gilgit-Baltistan against Rs. 18.3 billion budgeted allocation, while Rs. 10.5 billion have been released for the projects of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) against the total budgeted allocation of Rs. 26.9 billion.

The Planning Commission of Pakistan has so far followed the stipulated mechanism for release of funds: first quarter (July-September) 20 percent, second quarter (October-December) 20 percent, third quarter (January-March) 30 percent and fourth quarter (April-June) 30 percent.