Impact of Coronavirus

Power projects may face cut in ADP allocation

Special Correspondent

2 June, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The government is likely to reduce allocation for the power projects under annual development programme (ADP) in fiscal year 2020-21 as it is planning to divert a portion of major allocation for coping with the adverse impact of coronavirus.

The government is planning to allocate Tk 248.53 billion for power budget in FY 2020-21 which is 260.64 billion in the current fiscal year.

Besides, the power and energy budget may also be reduced from Tk 590.5 million to Tk 279.92 billion. It has allocated Tk. 280.51 billion for the Power Division and the Energy and Mineral Resources Division in FY2019-20.

But, the government may increase budgetary support for the ministry of science and technology (MoST) as the construction work of Rooppur nuclear power plant is going on in full swing. It may receive Tk179.46 billion in the next fiscal which is Tk 164.38 in the current fiscal.

The Local Government Division is likely to get highest allocation as the government plans to allocate Tk 361.03 billion for it.                

It received Tk 342.43 billion in the current fiscal.

The Ministry of Defence may also receive the second highest allocation as the government plan to allocate Tk 348.17 billion for it in the coming budgetary allocation. It is now enjoying Tk 307.64 billion.

The government is likely to increase the health services budget as the government will give fifth top priority for it after the growing concern of the vulnerable healthcare of the country during ongoing COVID-19.

It may get Tk 257.24 billion in the coming ADP allocation. In the current budget in FY 2019-20, the government has allocated Tk 199.45 billion.          

The education and communication sectors may get third and fourth top priority in the coming budget. It may get Tk 331.19 billion and Tk 294.42 billion respectively.

State minister for power and energy Nasrul Hamid said the government has a plan to 100 percent electricity coverage during the Mujib borsho despite delay of implementing several mega projects in power and energy sectors due to COVID-19.