Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has ordered the Department of Works and Services to expedite work on 26 projects so that they can be completed by June 2022. expansion of existing hospitals and some new facilities; therefore, they must be completed in time for the public interest, he said as he chaired a meeting to review the health sector development portfolio here on Saturday.
The meeting was attended by Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, PSCM Fayaz Jatoi, Finance Secretary Sajid Jamal Abro, Health Secretary Zulfikar Shah and CM Special Secretary Rahim Shaikh, Finance Secretary Works Imran Atta Soomro, Additional Secretary for Finance Shuhab Ansari and other relevant officers. . The Chief Minister was informed that 171 schemes have been launched in the health sector for Rs 18.4 billion of them working on 96 schemes of Rs 11.3 billion and 75 new ones of Rs7 billion were in progress.
It was revealed that the government has released Rs 7.8 billion for 96 ongoing programs and the usage is recorded at Rs 3.1 billion. Similarly, 3.35 billion rupees have been released for 75 new programs and the utilization is 1.17 billion rupees.
To this, the Chief Minister said that he had released 60% of the allocated amount, but the utilization shows only 29% of the funds released. The Ministry of Health pointed out that out of 75 new diets, 27 have been approved and work on these projects has begun. The P&D has approved 16 programs and their opinions have been issued while 23 were in the process of being approved by provincial and federal forums. PC-I of 25 regimes is underway, the meeting was told.
It was pointed out that the main challenges related to the delays in completing the projects were the dollar-rupee parity and the imposition of a 20% GST, which drove up the cost of the projects.
The Chief Minister has instructed the P&D and Finance Department to address issues of escalating program costs. He also ordered the Department of Works to take necessary steps to complete 36 projects by June 2022.