Progress in implementation of the annual development programme remained on the lower track in the first month of the current fiscal year as 21 ministries and divisions could not spend a single penny in the month, according to the data of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the planning ministry.
The government’s 54 ministries and divisions responsible for implementation of the country’s development budget could spend only 0.58 per cent or Tk 952 crore in July of the total allocation worth Tk 1,64,085 crore for the entire fiscal year, the IMED data showed.
They had spent 0.56 per cent or Tk 694 crore in the same month of the last fiscal year.
The agency had spent 1-2 per cent in the previous three fiscal years, according to the IMED data.
Officials said that the ministries and divisions usually remained indifferent in execution of development works due to various reasons including lack of preparation and delay in appointment of project directors and acquisition of land.
The government should address the issues to expedite the ADP implementation progress, they said.
According to the IMED, ministries of science and technology, water resource, disaster management and relief, industries, land, defence, information, jute and textiles, religious affairs, social welfare, cultural affairs, public administration and foreign, and Rural Development and Cooperatives Division, Finance Division, Internal Resources Division, Public Service Commission and Anti-Corruption Commission, among others, could not spend any money in the month.
On the other side, only Power Division, Road Transport and Highways Division, Energy and Mineral Resources Division, Health Education and Family Welfare Division, fisheries and livestock ministry, Prime Minister’s Office, expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry, environment and forest ministry, labour and employment ministry, Cabinet Division and Parliament Secretariat spent above one per cent in the period.
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