Thursday, June 08, 2023
ISLAMABAD: Ahead of the budget announcement, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has approved to increase funding for Sustainable Development Goals Achievement Programme (SAP) for parliamentarians by Rs5 billion, The News reported Thursday.
After an increase of Rs5 billion, the amount will be raised to Rs116 billion from the existing Rs111 billion.
It’s ironic that the SAP funding has gone up from Rs70 billion to Rs116 billion in the outgoing fiscal year 2022-23 — ending on June 30.
For the upcoming budget for 2023-24, the National Economic Council (NEC) approved Rs90 billion for SAP for parliamentarians despite the fact that the tenure of parliament is going to expire on August 12, 2023.
However, officials told the ECC meeting that the SAP programme had so far allocated/surrendered Rs91 billion.
The Steering Committee on SAP, in its 37th meeting, held on May 19, granted approval of the proposal through a majority vote and directed the Cabinet Division to move a summary for an additional Rs5 billion for the current fiscal year.
The Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives and Finance Division agreed to provide an amount of Rs5 billion through a supplementary grant from the savings available with them from their relevant demands in favour of the Cabinet Division for the development schemes of deprived areas under SAP during 2022-23.
According to an official statement, issued after the ECC meeting, Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Senator Ishaq Dar chaired the meeting and approved the following technical supplementary grants: