5 causes behind delay in project implementation

Shamim Jahangir

15 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The ministry of planning has found a number of five causes for delay in project implementation that might be also a bar to attaining the country’s development goals by 2021.  

The Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) under the Ministry of Planning revealed the causes after evaluation on the development projects which are under way in Khulna and Sylhet divisions.

According to IMED, a total of 1498 development projects have been being implemented under different ministries and divisions in the fiscal year 2018-19.

In a DO letter to Public Administration Ministry recently, IMED Secretary Abul Mansur Md Faizullah said Bangladesh has achieved the first stage to upgrade into a middle-income country.

The implementation of development projects will help attain the status, he opined.

“If the projects are not implemented timely, the cost of the projects will increase while the citizens will also be deprived of getting services,” he told the ministry.

The IMED placed five causes that hampered or delayed the implementation despite the ECNEC approval. Those are — not to conduct feasibility study despite instruction to do so for over Tk 25 crore project; not to appoint full-time project director for Tk 50 crore project; the project director stay in Dhaka despite the fact that the project size covers more than one district and appointment of a project director for more than two projects.

Some 106 development schemes under ADP were declared completed last year although the project work was not actually finished.

The IMED report, however, did not mention any specific reasons for declaring the 106 unfinished projects complete.

Besides, the government is set to revise this fiscal year’s (2018-2019) budget by

more than Tk 20,000 crore or  4.3 percent of its total outlay as both the revenue mobilization and expenditure failed to gain an expected pace.

The size of the current fiscal budget is likely to be revised downward to Tk 4.44 trillion (4,44,000 crore) which was actually planned at Tk 4.64 trillion (4,64,573 crore), the Finance Ministry officials said.

Until March, ADP progress was recorded at 47.22 percent, with Tk 83,407 total expenditure, a performance that economists always terms frustrating and a source of misuse of public money.