Punjab govt spends highest development budget in last 10 years

LAHORE: The Punjab government has consumed a historic 97 per cent of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) budget for the development of Punjab. 

According to Planning and Development Board Chairman Abdullah Khan Sumbal, ADP budget for the financial year 2020-2021 was Rs308 billion of which Rs300.77 billion has already been consumed. This is the highest percentage consumption in the last 10 years. 

On the directives of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, the development funds have been focused on new and ongoing uplift schemes. 

The highest utilisation of the budget has been attributed to effective monitoring by the P&D Board and the supervision of administrative secretaries. 

As per details, the education sector received Rs29.6bn while the health sector received Rs57.163bn. In addition, 93 per cent of agriculture funds have been utilised of which 93 per cent were spent on social welfare, 96 per cent on transport, 91 per cent on irrigation and 98 per cent on  urban development. Funds allocated for water supply, roads and social welfare have been utilised in full. 


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