The government yesterday (Tuesday) approved an Annual Development Programme (ADP) of over Tk 2.05 trillion for fiscal year 2020-21 with focus on transport, education, health and agriculture sectors.
The National Economic Council (NEC) approved the development expenditure at a meeting at its conference room, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who joined the meeting from her official residence Ganobhaban through videoconferencing.
With an amount of Tk 94.66 billion allocated for the autonomous entities, the total size of the ADP will be over Tk 2.14 trillion, Planning Minister MA Mannan said.
Of the Tk 2.05 trillion, an amount of about Tk 1.35 trillion will come from internal sources and over Tk 705 billion from foreign sources.
Of the Tk 94.66 billion of the autonomous entities, the internal sources will provide Tk 55.78 billion and the foreign portion will be Tk 38.88 billion.
In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, health, agriculture, social safety nets and employment also received priority.
The new ADP for FY ’21 made a provision for a record Tk 58.98 billion, 2.87 percent of the overall ADP, in block allocation to spend in case of any natural disaster or in any national need.
Answering a question, Mannan said the Prime Minister advised the meeting that if there is any further necessity, the projects with due merits would be considered taking into account the interests of the people.
The new ADP is Tk 122.24 billion higher than the revised ADP of about Tk 1.93 trillion for the current fiscal year (FY ’20). The original ADP size for the current fiscal (2019-20) was about Tk 2.03 trillion.
The Planning Minister said the number of the total development projects for the next fiscal year will be 1673, including 89 projects for autonomous entities. The number of projects in the outgoing fiscal year was 1,744 without the projects of the autonomous entities.
Under the new ADP, there will be 1,584 projects and 1,456 of them are investment projects, 127 technical assistance projects while another is a JDCF-financed one.
Transport sector will get Tk 521.83 billion (25.44%) while infrastructural planning, water supply and housing Tk 257.95 billion (12.57%), power sector Tk 248.04 billion (12.09%), education and religion Tk 233. 90 billion (11.40%), Science, Information and Communication Technology Tk 184.48 billion (8.99%), rural development and rural entities Tk 155.55 billion (7.58%), health, population and family welfare Tk 130.33 billion (6.35%), agriculture Tk 83.83 billion (4.09%), water resources Tk 55.27 billion (2.69%) and public administration Tk 40.48 billion (1.97%).
Among the ministries and divisions, Local Government Division will get the highest allocation of Tk 311.31 billion, followed by Road Transportation and Highways Division Tk 248.25 billion, Power Division Tk 248.04 billion, Science and Technology Ministry Tk 173.89 billion, Railways Ministry Tk 124.91 billion, Health Service Division Tk 100.54 crore, Secondary and Higher Secondary Division Tk 98.65 billion, Primary and Mass Education Division Tk 94.04 billion, Bridges Division Tk 79.73 billion and Water Resources Ministry Tk 62.69 billion.
Revealing the implementation status of ADP during the July-April period of the current fiscal year, the Planning Minister said the executing agencies could spend Tk 988.40 billion during this period with an implementation rate of 49.13 percent.
The spending was Tk 970.30 billion during the same period of the last fiscal year (FY ’19), showing an utilisation rate of 54.94 percent.
According to the Planning Commission, among the allocations against mega projects for the next fiscal year, the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project got the highest allocation of Tk 156.91 billion while the Paira Deep Sea Port Project the lowest Tk 3.50 billion.
Besides, the single line dual gauge track construction from Dohazari to Cox’s Bazar via Ramu then Ghumdum near Myanmar witnessed an allocation of Taka 1,500 crore followed by Taka 5,000 crore to the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project, Taka 4,370 crore to the Metro Rail (MRT Line 6) Project, Taka 3,685 crore to the Padma Bridge Rail Link Project, Taka 3,670 crore to Matarbari Ultra Super Critical coal-fired Power Plant Project. Ministers and state ministers attended the meeting while Planning Commission members and secretaries concerned were present.