PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where 2.5 million children are already out of schools, the provincial government could have spent 27 per cent of the total budget allocated under Annual Development Funds (ADP) 2014-15 for elementary and secondary education development.
According to Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) analysis the utilization of development budget for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2014-15 depicts that Rs 5.4 billion was utilized as on April 7 out of allocated amount of Rs 19.9 billion.
The inability to spend development funds in the sector where the provincial government has already declared emergency would cause lapse of funds that would aggravate the challenges in the education sector, CGPA Programme Manager, Malik Masood remarked.
He said that the provincial government made a total allocation of Rs 139.80 billion under KP ADP for 2014-15 but could only spend Rs 45.03 billion which is 32 % of the total ADP as on April 7.
Malik Masood urged the KP government to ensure efficient and accountable mechanisms for improving ADP spending to improve the social indicators of the province.
He said that financial year 2014-15 is about to end in less than 90 days but the 68 per cent funds of ADPs are still lying with the government to utilize these.
Masood urged the KP government to improve its utilization capacity through efficient mechanism and use of information technology besides devolving the power to local governments.