Next ADP should focus on welfare oriented schemes: Qaim

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday directed officers of planning and development to include maximum number of welfare oriented schemes in the next annual budget.

He was presiding a preparatory meeting to discuss budget proposals here. The meeting deliberated over development and non-development expenditure, size of development budget for provincial and districts ADP, inclusion of major projects and their estimated cost and revived the utilization of the funds for various uplift projects and performance of different provincial departments outgoing fiscal year.

The chief minister directed the officers concerned to ensure such schemes in next year’s annual budget, which have overall positive impact on the society by incorporating agro-based, labour extensive and production based schemes in the budget.

He said education, health, irrigation, water, energy and law and order had always remained top most priorities of the provincial government and allocations would be made for the uplift of these major sectors in upcoming financial year as well.

He said in financial year 2013-14 utilization of released funds for development projects compared to previous years was much better. However, he added that there was still room for improvement.

He stressed upon the officers concerned to utilize all their capacities and professional expertise with sincerity to serve the people, which was their prime responsibility.

Advisor to the CM for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah suggested that instead of including low cost projects in provincial ADP these schemes be included in district ADP to facilitate people and to save energy and time of the people and officers of the development departments as well. Besides carrying out development works, provision of services like electricity, water supply and gas was also the prime responsibility of the provincial government, he added.

Additional Chief Secretary P&D briefed the meeting on budget proposals. The chief minister directed the concerned officers to finalize the proposal for next the year’s budget within minimum possible time.

Source: APP