KP Local Govt Has Spent Just 13% of its Budget So Far

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Local Government and Rural Development Department (LGRDD) has utilized just 13% of the development funds at its disposal for FY 2019-20.

In last year’s budget, the KP government had earmarked Rs. 8.3 billion for LGRDD to initiate different projects regarding public welfare. However, LGRDD has spent only Rs. 0.96 billion in the first seven months of FY 2019-20.

LGRDD claims that the KP finance department has disbursed only Rs. 3.85 billion so far which is why most of the public welfare initiatives have not been launched.

Here are all the projects that the LGRDD was supposed to initiate in the FY 2019-20

  • New fruit and vegetable markets worth Rs. 70 million
  • Intra city bus terminals worth Rs. 140 million
  • Slaughter houses across provinces worth Rs. 90 million
  • Provision of gas to remote areas worth Rs. 100 million
  • New public parks worth Rs. 140.5 million
  • Awareness campaigns worth Rs. 30 million
  • Municipal services worth Rs. 150 million
  • Sewerage systems worth Rs. 150 million
  • Funeral grounds in Peshawar worth Rs. 167 million
  • Province-wide water supply schemes worth Rs. 150 million
  • District level community programs worth Rs. 68.6 million
  • Bus station at Peshawar worth Rs. 900 million
  • Development package for Swabi district worth Rs. 320.5 million

Moreover, the KP government committed significant funds for the development of former FATA districts. KP government had allocated Rs. 2.5 million for the construction of roads, Rs. 110.1 million for municipal services, and Rs. 1.52 billion for community programs in the war-torn districts.

Since the KP local government was set to complete its tenure on August 28 last year, the KP government had also allocated Rs. 150 million for new local body elections in the budget.

However, LGRDD appears to be struggling in organizing fresh local government elections.

Via: Express Tribune