ISLAMABAD – The Sindh government on Monday submitted a report on the allocation of funds for the purchase of vehicles, the Karachi development project, health, education sector and improvement of Gujjar Nallah.
The provincial government submitted a reply in the suo moto case regarding the steps taken to combat COVID-19 because at the last hearing, the Supreme Court had directed the Sindh government to submit a comprehensive report on various issues.
The three-member bench from the top court led by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed will continue the trial on this matter. The report told the top court that it had allocated 3,871,232,000 hospitals in the financial year 2020-21, which represented 0.31 percent of total expenditure on vehicle procurement.
According to the report, the total Sindh government expenditure estimated for fiscal 2020-21 was 1,241,125.7 million rupees. Excluding the budgeted amount of RS 3,871,232 million allocated for vehicle procurement.
He said that during the three financial years from 2018-19-2020-21, the Sindh government allocated 9,277.8 million hospitals in which 795.6 million hospitals had actually been utilized. It is said that Sindh’s spending on vehicle procurement was less than other governments except the Balochistan government.
The report informs that the main allocation of vehicle procurement is 2,000 million hospitals for police vehicles; RS 742,097 million for the Revenue Council operational vehicles; RS 293,790 million for Law & Parliamentary Affairs including Court Judges; RS 134 million for Agriculture; RS 69,181 for Health; and the remaining RS 632,256 million was used to purchase vehicles for 27 other departments.
It was also conveyed that during the financial year 2020-21 the government allocated a 45.790 billion RS as a development budget for Karachi, which included a 24,547 billion RS which was allocated to 402 Karachi specific schemes in the 2020-21 ADP (166 major schemes costing more than 200 million RS); RS 401,270 million was allocated to six districts in Karachi for district-based schemes; RS 1.794 billion shares for Karachi in the provincial level scheme.
He added that besides that 2500.00 million hospitals had also been allocated under ADP District 2020-21 for Karachi; RS 19,047.0 million for six large projects with a total cost of RS 190.0 billion funded by International Development Partners as FPA Projects in 2020-21.
It was further said that the Wastewater & Sewerage Improvement Project (KWSSIP); The project cost is RS. 14.73 billion to focus on strengthening the long-term KW&SB through various reforms (RS 3465.0 million allocated in 2020-21). Karachi Urban Mobility Project – Yellow Line Bus Rapid Transport (BRT); The project cost is the 56.20 billion RS project is another mega transportation intervention so for the city (RS. 3300.0 million allocated in 2020-21). Fast Track Fast Transportation Bus (BRT); The project cost is RS 62.67 billion, this is one of the main transportation corridors in the city (RS 1980.0 million allocated in 2020-21 and RS 402.43 million for PDA components allocated in 2020-21). Solid Waste Emergency Efficiency Project (WB); New Project for Karachi, Total Costs need to be confirmed, but an allocation of .825.0 million hospitals has been made in 2020-21
The report said that 21,082 million hospitals (13.6% of the total provincial ADP development budget 2020-21) were allocated for education; RS 28,980 million for health (18.7.6% of the total provincial ADP development budget 2020-21); Hospital 18,700 million for Water & Sanitation Supply and Hospital 48,219 million for infrastructure development.
It is said that additionally, 3,917 million hospitals were allocated for Social Protection & Poverty Reduction in the 2020-21 development budget. In addition, RS 34.02 billion was allocated under the non-development budget for special protection & economic sustainability initiatives that favor the poor. This number includes the RS 20 billion for cash transfers through the Sindh Community Support Program. A total of 5.00 billion hospitals for COVID Emergency Response have been allocated. About Gujjar Nallah the report said that the Gujjar Nallah improvement scheme including the service road was approved on 07-14-2017 with a total hospital cost of 1100 million. Expenditures up to 30.06.2020 are RS 561,248 Million. An allocation of 150 million hospitals has been made during the current financial year 2020-21.
The report also stated that the number of COVID-19 cases in Sindh had increased tremendously from 72,656 to 111,238. However, due to timely intervention from the Ministry of Health, the recovery rate has increased from 53.06% to 79% with the actual number of 88,103 patients recovering and 1952 reporting deaths.