KARACHI: On Tuesday, the Sindh government released its Annual Development Program (ADP) for the fiscal year budget 2022-23 (FY23). It is worth Rs459.6 billion, 40% more than the current year’s ADP of Rs329 billion, or Rs130.6 billion.
Foreign Project Assistance (FPA) was worth Rs91.46 billion, District ADP was worth Rs30 billion, and other federal grants were worth Rs6 billion.
According to the budget document, the provincial ADP (without FPA) is Rs332.16bn. Some substantial FPA allocations include Rs25.6 billion for transportation, Rs18.8 billion for irrigation, Rs16 billion for local government, and Rs9.3 billion for education.
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The allocation for FY23 is Rs190bn more than the revised ADP for this year, which is Rs269.6bn.
The ADP for the next year will include plans to give essential services to people who have been left out of society. In next year’s ADP, the government said it would put more money into the water and sanitation, road network, transportation, health, and education sectors to help ordinary people as much as possible.
There are 2,506 ongoing schemes that have been given a total of Rs253,146 billion, which is 75% of the total ADP. There are 1,652 new schemes with a total budget of Rs79.02bn, which is 25% of the total ADP.
Plans to create 3,653 new jobs, most of them in the health and education fields.
More than 70% of the total cost of ongoing projects that will be finished by June 2023 has already been paid for.
More than 1,510 projects have been fully funded and should be finished by the end of FY23.
The budget shows that Rs118 billion has been set aside for projects in Karachi. Of this, Rs72 billion is for the ADP, Rs5 billion is for the District ADP, and Rs41 billion is for the FPA.
The amount given to schemes in the education sector is Rs34.22bn (10.2% of the total), and the amount given to schemes in the health sector is Rs23.33bn (6.5pc of the total size).
The government has set aside Rs59.36bn (18% of the total) for the water and sanitation sector, and Rs10.2bn has been set aside for the agriculture and livestock sector.
The irrigation budget, which includes lining canals, is Rs32.5 billion, which is 12 percent of the total size. According to the document, Rs100.64 billion, or 30% of the total size, is set aside for transportation and communication, which includes roads under works and services and local government.
In light of the above non-development and development spending priorities, the provincial government’s major goals were outlined: building infrastructure for educational institutions to increase enrollment; improving and upgrading health facilities and managing existing health institutions; providing nutrition support, community infrastructure funds, income-generating grants, micro assets, and low-cost housing to reduce poverty among the poor.
Also, the goal is to ensure people have clean water to drink and a safe way to get rid of trash, improve connections between the province’s major cities and towns, connect more roads, and plan public transportation for Karachi.
The government has planned to make about 3,653 news posts in the next fiscal year. Most of these jobs will be in the departments of education and health.
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