Social sector to get priority in next budget: Qaim

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has issued directives for framing the next Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2015-16 a promising, pragmatic and public-oriented in which social sector should be given top priority.

Presiding over a joint meeting of Finance and Planning & Development departments here at CM House, he said that the social sector would be given top priority in the next ADP. He said priority to be given to the completion of on-going schemes. The size of the ADP be made according to the availability of the funds. In the next year no schemes would be funded outside the budget.

The meeting was told that a Rs1332.611mn scheme of establishment of five Public Schools in Sanghar, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Ghotki and Matiari would be completed if Rs668.414 million released in the beginning of next financial year.

Cadet College for Girls at Shaheed Benazirabad was launched with Rs1888.784 million in 2008 for which Rs113.099 million have been allocated this year. If Rs1.19billion are allocated in the next financial year the scheme would be completed. The chief minister approved the proposal.

Rs1595.460 million scheme of establishment of Sindh College of Arts & Design at Sukkur was launched in 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by June 2017. Rs25 million have been utilised on the scheme and this year its allocation was Rs40 million.

About establishment of Bilwal Bhutto Engineering College at Lyari, the meeting was told that Rs56.550 million has been arranged for the current financial year. The chief minister directed that Rs1843.589 million should be allocated for its completion.

World Bank- assisted Sindh Agriculture growth project has been launched in 11 districts for Rs8867.5 million. It is a five year programme to be completed in 2018. The districts where it has been launched include Hyderabad, Thatta, Sukkur, Khairpur, Larkana, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Sanghar, Matiari, Jacobabad, Shikarpur and Jacobabad.

Another World Bank assisted programme ‘Sindh Agriculture Productivity Enhancement programme phase-1 is being launched for Rs3367.390 million. Under this programme yield of cash crops such as dates, chilies and some other crops would be improved by employing scientific methods.

For Rs5 billion schemes ‘Development of 50,000 townships in major urban centers by providing 120 square yard plots with all civic facilities Rs1.09 billion has been allocated during the current financial year.

The chief minister asked to complete the ‘Computerization and Establishment of Land Administration and Revenue Management Information System (LARMIS) scheme by June 2015.

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