ISLAMABAD - The government unveiled on Saturday an ambitious projected total outlay of Rs 803 billion including Rs 646 billion for Public Sector Development Programme and Rs 157 billion for various other development programmes for the fiscal year 2009-10. According to the break-up of total Annual Development Plan, the government has projected Rs 421 billion for federal government projects, Rs 200 billion for provinces, Rs 25 billion for Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority, Rs 70 billion for Benazir Income Support Programme, Rs 50 billion for Internally Displaced Persons, Rs 35 billion for Peoples Works Programme and Rs 4 billion for Benazir Tractors Programme for the next fiscal year. The total national allocation for PSDP 2009-10 is estimated at Rs 646 billion including an amount of Rs 200 billion for provinces, which would be spent through the provinces Annual Development Plans (ADPs), the documents reflected. However, contrary to the allocation for federal governments projects under PSDP for the outgoing fiscal year 2008-09, the actual allocation shrunk to only Rs 219 billion and total national allocation for PSDP was cut to Rs 415.7 billion in the said year. The prevailing security situation in the country, especially in the northwest and the global economic recession handicapped the policy makers to meet the budgetary development needs. The analysts, closely following the development activities, are pessimistic about the provision of the allocated funds for development projects. When the government is short of funds or any financial shortage, the policy makers slash development spending, which is unfair, they highlighted. The overall size of PSDP for 2009-10 stands at Rs 646 billion; however, this development outlay shall be subject to budgetary announcement in the Finance Bill 2009-10 to be approved by the Parliament. A major initiative in the infrastructure sector is to build small and large hydropower projects and dams, including Diamer Bhasha Dam, to overcome the energy crisis. The government has allocated about Rs 67.59 billion in PSDP 2009-10 for the Water and Power Division with the special aim of building water reservoirs and overcoming the energy crisis. The PSDP 2009-10 has been developed on strategies to ensure equitable and sustainable economic growth. The document envisaged the provision of facilities to the private sector to invest by creating an enabling environment and promoting a knowledge-based economy through the development of appropriate human and physical infrastructure. During the fiscal year 2008-09, Pakistans main emphasis was on ensuring economic stability after a period of policy inaction had seen deterioration in the countrys macroeconomic indicators. The government is hopeful that the large size of PSDP 2009-10 will reinforce the move towards economic recovery and the Annual Plan has forecast GDP growth of 3.3 per cent for the FY 2009-10. The size of the PSDP will also help government achieve or exceed this GDP growth rate. The large allocation for the social sector, reiterates governments declared priority for providing support and opportunity to the economically disadvantaged communities in the country. It will help Pakistan achieve its MGDs targets, the document stated. The country will also make sustained progress on other hydropower projects, roads and highways infrastructure and rehabilitation of irrigation network. The National Trade Corridor project will provide much needed logistics support to businesses whereas doubling of the development budget for education will help quality and coverage of education services. In health sector, new initiatives of the Prime Minister for combating diseases, especially Hepatitis as well as strengthening of the basic health units in the country will be launched. The government also expects to start a programme for providing nutrition to young children and an employment guarantee scheme focused on districts with high rates of unemployment. It will also begin an integrated programme for improved health and education at the early childhood stage. A number of projects to develop Pakistans coal reserves in Thar and to build infrastructure will also begin in 2009-10 to enhance countrys self-reliance in energy. The governments objective is to ensure that each citizen, regardless of economic ability, has the opportunity to participate effectively in economic life. According to the document, the new fiscal year marks a transition from the current medium development framework 2010-15 to the tenth five-year development plan.