Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government could only release Rs.15.13 Billion
out of Total Rs.30 billion District ADP
Chitral Times Repot
Peshawar: Following the manifesto, Pakistan Tehreek Insaf
led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa held successful local
government elections which led to a strong grassroots democratic
structure with strength of over 44000 representatives. Section 53
(a) of the Local Government Act 2013 envisages development grant
for local governments not less than 30% of the total development
budget of the province. Keeping this in view, provincial government
allocated an amount of Rs. 42 billion for District Development
program. However, the District governments could only plan for 30
billion rupees as 12 billion allocated to Districts included the
schemes which were ongoing. The provincial government is struggling
in realizing 2015-16 budget estimates revenue and has to cut down
its development budget.
According to the analysis of Center for Governance and Public
Accountability (CGPA), 15.13 billion rupees has been released under
District ADP out of the total Rs 30 billion allocated budget for
districts. Village councils and neighborhood councils have received
Rs 6.5 billion out of Rs 13.1 billion allocation, tehsils/town
councils have received Rs 4.2 billion out of Rs 8.5 billion while
district councils have received Rs 4.3 billion out of Rs8.5 billion
allocation. The funds were distributed under provincial finance
commission formula which comprises 60% on population, 20% on
backwardness and 20% on lag in infrastructure.
Provision to Districts under ADP scheme No. PS15000373, budget
estimates were 8.5 billion but could only get 4.3 billion.
According to the PFC, excluding Torghar, Kohistan is the most
backward district of KP securing 1.97% out of total 20% under
backwardness followed by Shangla which is 1.26% of the total. On
the other hand Peshawar secured 6.83% out of 60% under the
population head followed by Mardan 4.93% and Swat 4.25%. Similarly
Peshawar secured 2.1% under lag in infrastructure out of 20%
followed by Mardan and Swat securing 1.23% each.
The overall distribution among the three tiers of local government
i.e. VCs/NCs, Tehsils and Districts in terms of funds per district
remained as; Peshawar Rs1,516 million, Mardan Rs1089 million, Swat
Rs964 million, Mansehra Rs795 million, Swabi Rs792 million,
Charsadda Rs786 million, DI Khan Rs716 million, Abbottabad Rs710
million, Nowshera Rs684 million, Dir Lower Rs649 million, Kohat
Rs598 million, Haripur Rs596 million, Bannu Rs565 million, Dir
Upper Rs526 million, Bunner Rs459 million, Laki Marwat Rs458
million, Shangla Rs455 million, Kohistan Rs440 million, Malakand
Rs392 million, karak Rs386 million, Battagram Rs345 million,
Chitral Rs339 million, Hangu Rs315 million, Tank Rs291 million and
Torghar Rs263 million respectively.
CGPA Programme Manager, Malik Masood stated that the district ADP
has been reduced owing to the provincial revenue shortfall.
However, the revised allocations are yet to be determined for
district ADP. He demanded KP government to realistically estimate
revenue estimates ahead of 2016-17 budget as provincial government
is facing shortages in its own provincial estimated revenues in
2015-16 budget, beside the shortages in receipts from federal
consolidated funds. He also urged the provincial government to not
cut down the district ADP as it will discourage the local
governments, the Government shall also improve its timely
utilization capacity of development funds demanded Mr. Masood.