BUDGET 2022-23: What’s in the capital budget? – Log

President’s House

Despite the announcement of austerity measures by President Dr Arif Alvi, the annual expenditure of the presidency increased by 4%.

According to the budget document 2022-23, the total expenditure of the presidency for the coming financial year (which will start on July 1) will be 1.5 billion rupees against 1.2 billion rupees last year. President Alvi’s personal expenses increased by 5%.

As part of the expenses of the employees of the cabinet secretariat, allowances increased to 411 million rupees from 405 million rupees last year. Under Staff, Household and President’s Allowance (Personal) Expenses, Rs 462 million was allocated for employee related expenses.

The President’s operating expenses also increased by 7.3 pc. Under “Personnel, Household and President’s Allowances (Public)”, 277 million rupees was allocated for employee-related expenses, 97 million rupees for operating expenses, 10 million rupees for employee retirement benefits, 0 Rs.5 million for grants, subsidies and write off loans, Rs18.5 million for physical assets and Rs7 million for repair and maintenance.

On the one hand, the cash-strapped government cut the overall development budget for the next fiscal year from July 1, it introduced a number of programs for the federal capital. Separate allocations have been made for metro bus services and the much-delayed project to reduce contamination at Rawal Lake. In addition, he increased the budget of HEC and Capital Police and fixed Rs 144 million for computer labs and teachers working in institutions under EDF. However, despite the current economic crisis, the budget shows a significant increase in spending by the Presidency and the Prime Minister’s Office.

PM’s office

Annual spending by the Prime Minister’s Office was increased by 29.4% in the 2022-23 fiscal budget.

The Prime Minister’s Office budget for the year 2021-22 was 774 million rupees and it has now been increased to 993 million rupees.

PM Office (internal) expenditure will be Rs465 million for next year against Rs401 million last year. While the expenditure of the PM Office (public) will be Rs528 million in 2022-23 against Rs Rs373 million last year.

Under the Head of Personnel, Household and Allowances Expenditure of the Prime Minister’s Office (Internal), Rs 331 million was earmarked for employee-related expenses.

Interestingly, the Prime Minister’s operating expenses also increased by 29%.

Under “PM Office Public”, 423 million rupees was allocated for employee related expenses, 61 million rupees for operating expenses, 25 million rupees for employee retirement benefits, 11.3 million rupees for Grants, Grants and Loan Cancellations, Rs 1.4 million. for physical assets and Rs6 million for repair and maintenance.

HEC

The Federal Government has allocated more than 110 billion rupees for development programs and the recurrent budget of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), which is a little higher than the outgoing financial year.

For the financial year 2021-22, the government had earmarked 108 billion rupees – 42.4 billion rupees for development and 66.25 billion rupees for non-development expenditure.

For the coming financial year, the government has allocated 66 billion rupees (66,025.000 million rupees) for recurrent projects and 44.17 billion rupees (44,178.907 million rupees) for development programs.

Last month, Vice-Chancellors and HEC officials were very upset when they learned that Indicative Budget Ceilings (IBCs) showed that only Rs 30 billion had been allocated to the Higher Education Recurrent Grant for Education. 2022-23 financial year.

According to the budget documents, 44.17 billion rupees (more than 42.4 billion rupees last year) were allocated to 126 ongoing development programs and 13 new ones.

In addition, 1,500 million rupees have been allocated for strengthening laboratory facilities in five major engineering universities, while 100 million rupees for the North Waziristan University Campus and 100 million rupees for the establishment of the National Cyber ​​Security Academy.

The government has also allocated Rs 350 million for the establishment of the Dr AQ Khan Institute of Metallurgy and Emerging Sciences.

Metro bus services

The federal government has decided to fund Green Line and Blue Line Metro bus services in Islamabad as Rs 1,500 million has been earmarked for them for the financial year 2022-23.

According to the budget document, Rs 1000 million has been allocated for the Rawat-Faizabad Metro Bus Project (Blue Line) and Rs 500 million for the Bhara Kahu-Faizabad Metro (Green Line) for the coming financial year.

The two projects will each receive 10 billion rupees in the coming years. A Capital Development Authority (CDA) official said appropriate and designated corridors and stations will be set up along the routes of the two projects.

Recently, in a meeting held at CDA headquarters, officials discussed that passengers should be charged Rs50 for using the two bus services, while those traveling from GT Road to the airport should be charged Rs100. Of the 30 buses arriving from China, 10 will be served on the blue line, five will be served on the green line while 15 buses will be served on the Peshawar Mor road at the airport.

However, the final decision on tariffs will be taken after the approval of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who will be presented in the coming days by the civic authority.

Ministry of Education

The government has earmarked Rs 7.23 billion to the Federal Ministry of Education and Vocational Training for 25 ongoing and new schemes.

According to the budget documents, 1.24 billion rupees have been allocated for four new programs including the establishment of 250 vocational training institutions at a cost of 3 billion rupees for which 1 billion rupees has been allocated.

In addition, Rs 144 million will be spent on the sustainability of computer labs established by the Universal Service Fund as well as the retention of 202 computer teachers in girls’ schools and colleges under the Federal Directorate of Education ( EDF). An amount of 100 million rupees has been earmarked for the establishment of a teacher training institute.

For ongoing projects, Rs 382.61 million will be utilized for provision of basic educational facilities lacking in FDE schools and colleges, Rs 101 million for a pilot project to improve recruitment and boarding teachers in FDE schools, 200 million rupees for the establishment of the Directorate General of Religious Education and 100 million rupees for the establishment of the FG College of Home Economics, F-11.

Similarly, Rs 47 million will be provided for the establishment of Islamabad Model College for Boys at G-13.

Scientific technology

The government has allocated Rs 5.71 billion for various Science, Technology and Research Division projects under the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) 2022-23.

According to the budget documents, 19 million rupees have been allocated for 34 ongoing projects and 5.52 billion rupees for a new project.

Among the ongoing programs, 400 million rupees will be spent on genetic editing of biological agents for nutritional, biochemical and therapeutic purposes, 380 million rupees for digital transformation, strengthening and automation of PCSIR and 360 million of rupees for the development of computer-controlled fermenters and the production of biochemicals and bioproducts. .

An additional Rs 351.21 million has been allocated for the establishment of industrial nanomaterials production facilities at the Latif Ebrahim Jamal Nanotechnology Center and Rs 350 million each for the establishment of a material resource center and the development of a center additive manufacturing and reverse engineering at the PCSIR.

In addition, 300 million rupees will be spent on each of the Science Talent Raising Programs for Young Students (Phase I) and Launching STEM in Pakistan, Phase I and 286.41 million rupees for Strengthening oceanographic research substation in Gwadar.

Rawal Dam

The federal government has earmarked 200 million rupees for water treatment in Rawal Lake.

According to the budget document, the total cost of the project titled Korang River and Rawal Lake Water Treatment Plant is Rs 3.9 billion and for the coming year Rs 200 has been allocated.

Under the said project, the Capital Development Authority (CAD) is supposed to install three sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the catchment area of ​​the Rawal Dam to stop the flow of contaminated water into the reservoir.

Factories are to be built in lower Shahdara, Bari Imam and near Banigala. It can be pointed out here that whenever this project is started, it would take 14 months to complete and will treat 9.6 million gallons of water per day.

Last year, the CDA launched calls for tenders, which were opened last July, but the contract could not be awarded on time for technical reasons.

According to CDA officials, PC-I was prepared under the direction of the Planning Commission as an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project, which meant that its design and engineering would be handled by a EPC contractor.

Capital Police

An increase of Rs 973.66 million has been made to the capital police budget for the year 2022-23.

According to the budget documents, over Rs 11.29 billion has been allocated to the police compared to Rs 10.31 billion in the outgoing budget year.

However, the budget of Safe City Islamabad has been reduced to Rs253.41 million from Rs269.57 billion.

An amount of 6.07 million rupees has been allocated to each of the police stations compared to 6.5 million rupees in 2021-22.

The allowance for Islamabad Traffic Police has been reduced to Rs 63.18 million from Rs 67.52 million for its running expenses. However, an increase was made in the transfer, repair and maintenance budget.

The special branch budget was also reduced to 19.05 million rupees from 20.35 million rupees. Operating expenses have been reduced while repair and maintenance costs have increased.

The Security Division budget has been reduced to Rs123.32 million from Rs131.82 million.

The investigation wing will get Rs28.86m against Rs30.81m as operating expenses.

The Counter Terrorism Department has been allocated Rs 669.16 million compared to Rs 673.06 million for the current year.

Posted in Dawn, June 11, 2022