ISLAMABAD - The government has spent Rs 52.6 billion on rehabilitation of temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) and security enhancement in the areas of North Waziristan cleared after the military operation Zarb-e-Azb from July to September 2015.

The federal government had allocated Rs 100 billion in the budget 2015-2016 for Special Federal Development Programme for temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) and security enhancement in the areas of North Waziristan cleared after the operation Zarb-e-Azb. The government has so far utilised Rs 52.6 billion from July to September for the purpose.

The operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched on June 15, 2014, in North Waziristan against militancy, following which 800,000 to 900,000 TDPs of North Waziristan travelled to different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa. Pakistan has spent US$ 1.9 billion on the operation.

“The government is expeditiously working on development projects in North Waziristan, which could be gauged from development spending in the area,” said an official of the Finance Ministry. He further said the government wanted to settle the TDPs in the cleared areas before the arrival of winter.

The government had released Rs 140 billion for the PSDP during the first two and a half months, which is 20 percent of the overall development budget of Rs 700 billion.

According to the documents, the government has released Rs 22.8 billion out of total Rs 140 billion for the development projects of the 37 ministries, Rs 37.6 billion for two corporations, Rs 6.1 billion for special areas, Rs 831 million for ERRA and Rs 20 billion for Pakistan MDGS and Community Development Programme during July-September.

The break-up of R 22.8 billion released for the ministries shows the government has earmarked Rs 379 million for Cabinet Division, Rs 117 million for the Capital Administration and Development Division, Rs 85.6 million for Defence Division, Rs 180 million for Defence Production Division, Rs 4.04 billion for Education Division, Rs 1.6 billion for Interior Division, Rs 1.8 billion for National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination Division, Rs 3 billion for Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Rs 6.7 billion for Railways Division and Rs 2.3 billion for Water and Power Division during the period under review.

However, the government has not released a single penny for information technology & telecom division, religious affairs & interfaith harmony and textile industry ministries and divisions as well as federal tax ombudsman.

According to details, the government released Rs 14.12 billion for National Highway Authority (NHA) and Rs 23.5 billion for Wapda during July-September of the ongoing financial year.

Similarly, the government released Rs 6.1 billion for special areas. The break-up of the amount showed that Azad Jammu and Kashmir received Rs 2.2 billion, Gilgit Baltistan Rs 201 million and Safron/Fata got Rs 3.7 billion.

However, the government did not release a single penny for Special Federal Development Programme and Prime Minister’s Youth Programme during the first two and a half months of the current financial year despite allocation of Rs 28 billion for Special Federal Development Programme and Rs 20 billion for Prime Minister Youth Programme for the fiscal year 2015-2016.