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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has released Rs 617.3 billion (91.5 percent) including Rs 207.75 billion foreign aid for different development projects under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2018-19 against the total budgeted allocation of Rs 675 billion.

However, the budget documents released on May 11 gave total releases under the Public Sector Development Programme as Rs 500 billion (Rs 1.2 trillion minus Rs 700 billion provincial PSDPs); however, the status of releases as on June 14, 2019 on the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform is Rs 617.3 billion.

A senior official of the Planning Ministry told this correspondent that Rs 500 billion have been disbursed while the remaining Rs 117.3 billion are available to be disbursed in this month. However, the website of the ministry indicates that Rs 617.3 billion have been released while total budgeted allocation was Rs 675 billion.

According to the latest data of PSDP 2018-19 released by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, the government released Rs 244.83 billion (84 percent) including Rs 37.56 billion foreign aid for development projects of various ministries, divisions and related departments out of Rs 291.55 billion budgeted allocation. The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform has released a total of Rs 227.6 billion including Rs 152 billion foreign aid out of Rs 185.2 billion budgeted allocation, which was released Rs 42.4 billion more than budgeted allocation, for various development projects of the National Highway Authority (NHA) so far and Rs 23.24 billion out of Rs 28.065 billion budgeted allocation for development projects of the Pakistan Railways.

The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission received Rs 26.27 billion (98.4 percent) out of Rs 26.7 billion budgeted allocation for development projects. The government released Rs 68.2 billion (87.4 percent) including Rs 18.4 billion foreign aid out of Rs 78 billion for development projects and schemes of Water Resources Division.

The PTI government released a total of Rs 29.27 billion (93.7 percent) including Rs 370.28 million foreign aid out of Rs 30.96 billion budgeted allocation for Higher Education Commission (HEC), Rs 11.83 billion were released for the Interior Division, Rs 10.14 billion for Communication Division (other than NHA) and Rs 2.6 billion for Federal Education and Professional Training Division.

The government released Rs 3.18 billion out of Rs 13.1 billion budgeted allocation for the development projects of the National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Division, Rs 4.12 billion for Planning, Development and Reform and Rs 61.46 million for Textile Industry Division. The government released Rs 2.1 billion for Defence Production Division and Rs 15.75 billion including Rs 14.2 billion foreign aid for development projects of Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO).

The government released Rs 407.3 million for the Cabinet Division against the total budgeted allocation of Rs 1 billion. An amount of Rs 1.572 billion was released for the Aviation Division, Rs 775.37 million for Climate Change, Rs 315 million for Defence Division, Rs 1.3 billion for development projects of Maritime Affairs Division, Rs 4.07 billion for development projects of Housing and Works Division and Rs 3.51 billion have been released for Revenue Division.

Rs 1.22 billion including Rs 344.51 million foreign aid released for Information Technology and Telecom Division out of Rs 1.45 billion budgeted allocation, Rs 25.58 billion including Rs 729.5 million foreign aid for States and Frontier Region Division and Rs 14 billion including Rs 13.82 billion foreign aid out of Rs 33.37 billion for development projects of Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO).

The government released Rs 4.8 billion for development projects of Finance Division, 22.4 billion for security enhancement, Rs 490 million for Commerce Division, Rs 725.69 million for National Food Security and Research Division, Rs 971.44 million for Prime Minister's Youth and Hunarmand Programme and 28.78 billion for Special Federal Development Programme for Temporary Displaced Persons (TDPs).

An amount of Rs 3.51 billion released for development projects of Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) out of Rs 6.5 billion budgeted allocation.

The government released Rs 25.74 billion (96.5 percent) including Rs 3.4 billion foreign aid for development projects of Azad Jammu and Kashmir against the total budgeted allocation of Rs 25.86 billion and Rs 16.3 billion (78 percent) including Rs 932.9 million foreign aid for development project of Gilgit-Baltistan out of Rs 17.53 billion budgeted allocation for the current fiscal year 2018-19.

The funds released as per quarterly ceilings; first quarter (July-September) 20 percent, second quarter (October-December) 20 percent, third quarter (January-March) 30 percent and fourth quarter (April-June) 30 percent.

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