LAHORE  - The Punjab government has approved Rs 30.57 billion funds for uplift projects in the province during the first quarter of July to September 2013.

The total volume of development projects in the provincial budget 2013-14 is Rs 240 billion and the Punjab government has divided its core development budget into six parts such as Social Sector, Infrastructure Development, Production Sector, Services Sector, Miscellaneous and Special Programmes/ Initiatives.

Over Rs 11.02 billion have been spent on uplift schemes during the first quarter from July to September 2013, showing 36.05 percent spending of funds on development projects, said P&D Spokesman here on Tuesday.

Over Rs 10.98 billion, out of over Rs 90.80 billion were approved for uplift projects of social sector.

A sum of over Rs 1.82 billion has been spent on uplift projects showing 16.60 percent spending of funds. The P&D Board approved over Rs 14.53 billion out of the total Rs 90.71 billion allocated for Infrastructure Development sector during the same period while over Rs 5.92 billion have been spent on the projects registering 40.73 percent spending of funds.

For Production Sector, Rs 1.51 billion were approved, out of over Rs 11.09 billion while over Rs 0.36 billion were spent on development schemes with 23.94 percent spending of funds.

Over Rs 0.56 billion, out of total allocated amount of over Rs 13.56 billion were approved for Services Sector during the first quarter and over Rs 0.03 billion were spent showing 5.57 percent spending of funds.

For miscellaneous sector, over Rs 0.13 billion were approved, out of total Rs 9.01 billion and Rs 0.02 billion were spent on projects. For Special Programs/Initiatives, over Rs 2.87 billion were approved, out of total Rs 24.84 billion and Rs 2.87 billion were spent on projects from July to September 2013, he addedd.