Developments funds going to lapse due to difference between
Dist. Govt and finance department
CHITRAL: The difference between the district government and
finance department regarding the mode of utilization of funds for
the construction of infrastructures including additional class
rooms, boundary walls and toilets in the public sector schools has
led to its delay by four months and their lapse is feared in case
of further delay.
An official of education department told Chitral Times that
the provincial government had allocated Rs.32.773 million for
construction of infrastructures on need basis to thirty four
schools of the district which the district nazim wanted to execute
through the parent-teacher councils (PTCs).
He said that district finance department, however, did not approve
the suggestion of the district government and the funds are yet to
be released to the accounts of the PTCs of the concerned schools.
He said that by the month of December, two quarters of the funds
must have been released by the finance department to education
department after which work season closes due to the harsh winter
season for three months and there leaves hard two months for the
utilization of the funds.
The unutilized funds stands lapsed at the expiry of the fiscal year
which is surrendered to the provincial government.
When the district officer, finance, Noorul Amin was contacted, he
confirmed the prevalence of the problem and said that district
government has asked to utilize the funds through the PTCs in utter
violation of the guide lines of Planning and Development
“As per P&D guidelines, PC-I ( a document of planning commission of
the government for development in social sectors) is mandatory for
the utilization of the funds but in PTC guidelines are not PC-I
based which creates a codal confusion”, he said.
Mr. Amin said that the P&D guidelines needed the execution of the
works by the executing agencies of the provincial government which
included communication and works department (C&W), tehsil municipal
administration (TMA) and local government and rural development
He said that the district government is bent upon utilizing the
funds through the PTCs which goes against the P&D guidelines for
the utilization of the funds.
He added that the district education officer (male) has in the
meanwhile has sent a written request to the TMA while the DEO
(female) to C&W department for the execution of the projects and
are waiting for the reply.
The district naib nazim and convenor of zilla council, when
contacted by Chitral Times , said that the district government was
insisting on the PTC guidelines due to the reason that the
construction expenditures cut short by half as compared with the
He said that, however, the district government and departments of
finance and education have converged on a point that PC-I of each
project will be prepared to fulfill the codal formality but the
work will be carried out as per estimate of the respective PTCs of
He said that file will be sent to the deputy commissioner through
the office of district nazim for administrative approval based on
the P&D guidelines but in actual practice, the PC-I will not be
acted upon which entails amount of money twice that of the
estimates of PTCs.
He said that the PTC estimate is based on the actual market rates
of labour and the construction material while the PC-I rate is
based on composite schedule rate of the financial department
prepared for the whole province and did not commensurate the local