KARACHI - The annual budget of Sindh for next fiscal year 2014-15 worth of over Rs640 billion would be presented by the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah in the Sindh Assembly tomorrow on Friday evening.

This would be the seventh consecutive annual budget of the PPP government in the province led by the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, which facing criticism in lack of deliverance in terms of the development works as well ensuring the good governance in the province. In the total size of over Rs640 bill budget for next fiscal year, the PPP government has decided to reduce the size of the development outlay from Rs185billion of ongoing FY2013-13 (which was reduced to Rs165b) to Rs165 billion to Rs170 billion for next fiscal year.

Under the proposed Annual Development Plan (ADP), the Sindh government has decided to increase the share of the development fund to Rs25 billion to Rs30 billion from current allocation of Rs20 billion in next fiscal year. It may be noted that the performance of the provincial departments in terms of utilization of the development funds remained poor during the ongoing fiscal year. According to official data, the Sindh government has claimed that from revised allocation of Rs165 billion ADP, at least Rs78.567 billion were spent of Rs109.475 billion released till today on June 11, 2014 in twelfth month of the current fiscal year 2013-14, which stood overall 72pc. However, the overall utilization of the development funds remained at 34pc in current fiscal year.

However, according to briefing of the officers, the performance of some of the departments remained significant with utilization of development funds over 70pc which include education, health and other sectors, while other departments’ performance remained poor with utilization of less funds, which include environment alternative energy, women development department with only 7pc and mines & mineral department spent only 2pc funds in ongoing schemes.

In the new schemes of the current fiscal year, the Agriculture, Antiquities, Board of Revenue, Environment and Alternative Energy, Excise & taxation, finance, forest, information technology, Katchi Abadies, Labour department, law, parliamentary affairs & human rights department, livestock & fisheries, mines & mineral development, minority affairs, social welfare, special education, Sports, STEVTA, Transport and women development department failed in utilizing a single penny as these departments were failed to get approval of their new schemes in the current fiscal year.

Meanwhile, the Sindh government has proposed allocation of over Rs55 billion for law and order (police, rangers and FC), Rs46 billion for health and over Rs120 billion for education in the annual budget of next fiscal year 2014-15. The Sindh government has already declared that it had received at least Rs60 billion less funds than its share from the federal government on account of NFC award and other heads in current fiscal year, which compelled it to reduce the annual development programme of the province. Besides, the Sindh government has announced to allocate the special package for Karachi with earmarking funds funds for K-4 drinking water projects of Karachi, Karachi Circular railway, S-3 of sewerage scheme of Karachi in the next fiscal year.

The special packages would also be announced for Tharparkar, Hyderabad, Larkana, Nawabshah and other districts in the next budget.