ISLAMABAD - The government’s spending on Poverty Reduction Strategy Programme (PRSP) has been increased by 12.75 percent during the first quarter (July-September) of the ongoing financial year 2012-13 over the corresponding period of previous year.

The federal and provincial governments have spent Rs 282.107 billion on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Programme (PRSP) during the first quarter (July-September) of the current fiscal year 2012-13 compared to Rs 250.198 billion in the same period last year, showing an increase of over 12 per cent. This was stated in the first quarterly report of PRSP of the Ministry of Finance, which covers the July to September period of the 2012-13.

According to official figures, federal government’s spending on PRSP has increased by 25 percent in the period under review.  The federal government spent Rs 98.617 billion on PRSP during July-September 2012-13 as against Rs 78.831 billion of the corresponding period of previous year. Meanwhile, the Punjab has shown an increase of 5.28 percent, as it spent a total of Rs 88.739 billion on PRSP during July-September 2012-13 as against Rs 84.288 billion of the corresponding period of previous year.

However, the Sindh government’s spending on PRSP reduced by less than one percent. The Sindh has spent a total of Rs 43.896 billion on PRSP during July-September 2012-13 as against Rs 44.229 billion of the corresponding period of previous year.  Meanwhile, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa spent Rs 35,228 billion on PRSP during July-September period of 2012-13 as against Rs 30.80 billion of the same period last year. The Balochistan’s spending on PSRP increased by 30 per cent, as it spent a total of Rs 15.627 billion on PRSP during July-September 2012-13 as against Rs 12.054 billion of the corresponding period of previous year.

According to the break-up of Rs 282.107 billion on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Programme (PRSP) during the first quarter (July-September) revealed that federal and provincial governments have spent Rs 10.047 billion on roads, highways and bridges, Rs 4.256 billion on environment/ water supply sanitation and Rs 1.102 billion on population planning during July-September 2012-13.

The federal and provincial governments have spent Rs 45.003 billion on improving law and order situation of the country during July-September period of 2012-13 as against Rs 41.685 billion of the corresponding period last year showing an increase of eight percent in one year.

Meanwhile, the federal and provincial governments have spent Rs 26.620 billion on the health sector in first quarter of ongoing financial year compared to Rs 20.619 billion during the same period last year showing an increase of over 29 percent in one year. Similarly, the federal and provincial governments have spent Rs 93.241 billion on education sector during July-September period of 2012-13 as against 88.582 billion on the corresponding period last year witnessing an increase of over five percent in one year.

The documents further revealed that federal and provincial governments have spent Rs 1.952 billion on social security and social welfare, Rs 4.798 billion on natural calamities and other disasters and expenditure on agriculture rose to Rs 22.271b. Federal and provincial govts have spent Rs 750m on land reclamation during first quarter of 2012-13, Rs 2.666 billion on rural development, Rs 4.505b on justice administration during July-Sept of the ongoing financial year and Rs 64.462 billion on subsidies.