Enamul Hafiz Latifee reports,
The Planning Commission has finalized a Taka 2,05,145.72 crore draft Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the next fiscal year (FY 21) giving the highest priority to the transport sector.
The draft ADP was finalized on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 at an extended meeting of the Planning Commission held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with Planning Minister MA Mannan in the chair. “Of the total ADP outlay, Taka 1,34,643 crore will come from the local sources while Taka 70,501.72 crore from the foreign sources,” said a Senior Planning Commission official.
The official told that the new ADP for the next fiscal year is Taka 12,224 crore higher than the revised ADP of the current fiscal year (FY20). The official said this draft ADP has been finalized based on the demands of various ministries and divisions and this draft ADP would be given final approval at a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) likely to be held later this month with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
In the new draft ADP, the transport sector got the highest allocation with 25.25 percent of the allocation or Taka 52,183 crore followed by the 2nd highest physical infrastructure sector with Taka 25,795 crore, the 3rd highest power sector with Taka 24,804 crore while the education sector got the 4th highest allocation with Taka 23,390 crore.
Besides in the draft new ADP, the science and technology sector got an allocation of Taka 18,458 crore followed by Taka 15,555 crore by the rural development sector, Taka 13,033 crore by the health sector, Taka 8,352 crore by the agriculture sector, Taka 5,527 crore by the water resources sector, Taka 4049 crore to the public administration sector.
The Planning Commission official said due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID- 19) pandemic, the number of development projects in the new ADP will be a slight less with 1,588 projects excluding those from the autonomous bodies. In the revised ADP for the current fiscal year, the number of projects were 1,744.