Planning Commission has taken a tough stance this year against approval of less important projects under Annual Development (ADP) for better execution of the government’s development plan.
The commission is going to hold a series of meetings with the line ministries from today to identify priority projects that should get approval in FY20, official sources informed.“The planning commission activities are going to see some changes to accelerate ADP execution and ensure expected development. As part of this, initiative has been taken for the first time to set priority for the new projects,” commented Planning Secretary Md Nurul Amin.
A major reason behind the move is to approve important ADP projects first, as it has been observed that less important projects get approval, delaying implementation of important project, he added.
For setting project priority through discussions, programming division under the commission sent letters to the concerned ministries, requesting them to send eligible representatives to take part in the four-day series meetings.
Earlier, planning commission asked the concerned ministries or divisions to set their own project priorities and send a priority order list to the commission by July 20 to ensure best use of limited resources.
A total of 1,287 fresh unapproved projects without fund allocation have been incorporated in the current fiscal’s Tk 2.02 trillion Annual Development Programme (ADP).
Of the projects, 1,045 fresh unapproved projects have been enlisted with expectation of funding from internal sources, while 242 have been incorporated expecting funding from external sources. According to development analysts, most of the projects have been taken up on political consideration and by defying the priority requirement of ensuring development across the country.The planning commission expressed its reservation regarding the inclusion of such a large number of fresh unapproved projects in the ADP without fund allocation.
“The indiscriminate inclusion of the fresh unapproved projects by different ministries and divisions affects financial discipline and budget management of the government,” it said. The highest 158 fresh unapproved projects have been incorporated for the Road Transport and Highways Division, which is higher than the number of its approved schemes included in the ADP for FY 20.
More than 100 projects each have been included in the ADP for the Bangladesh Railway, the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), and the BWDB for the next fiscal.