Engineering Post Report
Two projects of the Industries and Production Division of the Federal Government are likely to be completed during the ongoing financial year in a delayed manner due to slow rate of implementation and poor funding.
First Phase of Establishing 1000 Industrial Stitching Units all over Pakistan is expected to be completed by June 2024 after remaining under implementation for five years at an estimated cost of 350.545 million.
The project was approved by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) in January 2018. for implementation in a phased manner at an estimated cost of Rs 350.546 million involving no foreign aid. Till end June 2023, only Rs 184.401 million were reported to have been extended and throw-forward of R 166.144 millions was allocated under PSDP for current financial year apparently for ensuring completion of the project.
Another project ” SME Business Facilitation Center at Multan” was approved by the Departmental Development Working Party (DDWP) in April 2017 at a cost of Rs 89.990 million . Till end June 2023, only Rs 36.880 million had been utilized and a throw-forward of Rs 23.010 million was provided fully in PSDP 2023-24 for ensuring completion of the rather somewhat small project by end June 2024 in seven years..
This is only just one example of how development projects in different sectors are executed in a very slow manner apparently due to lesser importance , low funding and slow implementation by the executing agencies.
These two projects are among 14 undergoing projects of the Industries and Production Division and from the pace of implementation and allocation of funds under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) one can easily ascertain the bitter fact that nobody seems to speedily execute these projects. Details of these remaining ongoing projects will be mentioned here some other time, please. Under the PSDP 2023-24, the industrial and Production Division was allocated Rs 2900.000 million for all the 14 ongoing projects estimated to cost Rs 18039.483 million with no foreign aid.