The progress in implementation of annual development programme still has remained slow though the implementation rate slightly increased in July-February of the current fiscal year (2018-2019) compared with that in the same period of last fiscal year (2017-2018).
According to the data of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the planning ministry, 57 ministries and divisions responsible for ADP implementation spent only 39.13 per cent or Tk 70,772 crore in the eight months of this fiscal year, up 1.12 percentage points or Tk 8,400 crore on that of the same period of last fiscal year.
The government has adopted an ADP worth Tk 1,80,869 crore for FY19.
In July-February of FY18, the agencies implemented 38.01 per cent or Tk 62,372 crore of ADP worth Tk 1,64,085 crore.
The government will have to spend Tk 1,10,097 crore or 60.87 per cent in the remaining four months of this fiscal year to achieve a full implementation.
Planning minister MA Mannan on Tuesday disclosed the ADP implementation data at a press briefing after the weekly ECNEC meeting held at the NEC auditorium in capital Dhaka.
Planning ministry officials said that it might not be possible to spend such a huge amount of money in the remaining months.
The government has already started procedures to revise downward the allocation under the ADP, they said.
Mannan said that the rate of implementation had increased in terms of both percentage and amount of fund in the period compared with that in the same period of last fiscal year.
The implementation rate is also the highest in last five years.
He said that ministries and divisions made proposals to the planning ministry to increase allocation from the government fund in ADP by Tk 28,734 crore. The agencies also requested the ministry to cut the allocation from the foreign fund by Tk 9,000 crore.
The government allocated Tk 1,13,000 crore under the government fund and Tk 60,000 crore under foreign fund.
According to the IMED data, the progress made by the 15 ministries and divisions, which cumulatively got the highest allocation worth Tk 1,44,299 crore or around 80 per cent of the total ADP allocation, was not up to the mark.
The ministries and divisions could spend only 22.90 per cent of the allocation made against the agencies.
Of those, Bridges Division, which is implementing the Padma Bridge and Metro Rail projects, could spend only 26.26 per cent of the allocation.
The cultural affairs ministry achieved the highest (71.29 per cent) implementation rate in the eight months followed by the science and technology ministry and the Power Division by 63.39 per cent and 61.66 per cent respectively.
Prime Minister’s Office spent 61.45 per cent in the period while the expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry executed 60.87 per cent of their total allocation.
National Parliament Secretariat and Bangladesh Public Service Commission are yet to spend any ADP money in the period though the amounts of allocation against the bodies were very meagre.
The government allocated Tk 1 lakh to National Parliament Secretariat and Tk 30.26 crore to BPSC for this fiscal year.
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