KPK government gives up on plan of establishing 800 schools

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  • KPK government drops the plan of establishing 800 schools and 35 colleges from its development portfolio.
  • These projects have been part of ADP since 2014-15.
  • The estimated cost of dropped schemes was Rs 50 billion.

 

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has dropped the ambitious plan of establishing 800 schools and 35 colleges from its development portfolio as it rationalized previous Annual Development Programmes (ADPs).

Speaking to a local news source, the provincial finance department told that the schemes that were discarded were not initiated yet. The estimated cost of the schools, which included the construction and other development projects in the elementary and secondary education and higher education departments, was nearly Rs 50 billion.

These projects have been part of ADP since 2014-15


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The schools and colleges were a part of previous several ADPs, but the construction could not be begun, so the government decided to discard them this year.

“These schools and colleges have been part of the ADPs since 2014-15,” the officials said, speaking to the said source. 

Why wasn’t the construction of these schools started?

According to the officials, the construction could not start for many reasons, lack of funds, disputes in acquiring land, differences among the members of the provincial assembly over site selection and cases pending in courts being among them.

According to the whitepaper, towards the end of ANP tenure in 2013-14, the completion period of development schemes was one and a half years and throw-forward liabilities stood at Rs 37 billion.

Throw-forward liabilities are the expenses that cannot be made in the current year and are budgeted to be met in later years based on average allocations.

During the tenure of Pakistan Tehreek i Insaf, the throw-forward liabilities skyrocketed and reached a gigantic Rs 469 billion in the current year.

Via: DAWN

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