KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has said the volume of utilisation of development funds by the departments concerned is not satisfactory.

He directed the officers to expedite the pace of development works to ensure full utilisation of funds and completion of the schemes within stipulated time frame.

Presiding over a meeting to review the performances of departments here at the CM House on Tuesday, he directed the officers to ensure efficient utilisation of development funds and give the benefits to the people up to grass root level.

It may be noted that out of total development outlay of Rs215 billion, an amount of Rs165 billion was earmarked against the 2,463 ongoing and new development schemes of Sindh government in the province in current financial year 2013-14. A sum of Rs120.77 billion has been earmarked for the schemes of most important and immediate nature, besides Rs44.23 billion allocated for the schemes under implementation on regular basis.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has instructed the officers to complete 293 most important development schemes by December 2013 for which 100 percent allocation has been released. He also directed to complete 218 such schemes by June 2014 for which presently 50 percent releases have been made.

He directed the Finance Department to ensure quarterly release against other 852 ongoing developments schemes.

Qaim further said in addition to the amount earmarked for the 2,463 ongoing and new schemes of Sindh government, another amount of Rs30 billion has also been earmarked for the schemes being implemented under the foreign project assistance.

The CM said over all 38.37 percent of the allocation has been released against these development schemes to the executing authorities of concerned departments and work on these schemes was in progress.

He also directed the divisional commissioners to play their role for early completion of development schemes in their respective divisions.

He specially directed the executive authorities of the provincial health department to ensure full utilisation of funds and availability of medicines and equipment at the public hospitals so that poor people can be benefited accordingly.

The chief minister directed them to concentrate on their nine vertical health projects, including prevention and cure programme of Hepatitis B, C, malaria control programme, EPI, tuberculosis, national programme for family planning and primary health care and others for which Rs470 million have so far been released to them by the Sindh government. 

Qaim was informed that the federal govt has been approached for providing their share of amount against these health projects at the earliest.

He directed the officers to submit their month-wise performance report to him and asked the officers of planning and development department to launch extensive monitoring of the ongoing development works. He further directed the officers for transparent utilisation of development funds.

He warned that strict action would be taken against them if they failed to comply by the orders.