Sudurpaschim govt spends just 34.5% budget

KAILALI, MAY 15: The Sudurpaschim Province government has only been able to spend 34.5 percent, or Rs 10.646 billion, of the annual budget in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year.

According to Yagya Raj Pandey, the information officer at the Office of the Province Financial Comptroller, Kailali, out of this amount, Rs 5.34 billion accounts for recurrent expenditures, while Rs 5.611 billion is allocated to capital expenditure.

The highest spending has been in the infrastructure development sector, with over Rs 4.92 billion expended in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year.

Similarly, the Social Development Ministry’s expenditure amounts to Rs 2.47 billion, followed by Rs 787 million for the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forests, and Environment, Rs 711 million for the Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture, and Cooperatives, Rs 146 million for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law, Rs 140 million for the Office of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers, and Rs 66 million for the Economic Affairs Ministry.

According to the Office, the Province Legislature has spent Rs 101 million, the Province Public Service Commission Rs 40 million, and the Province Policies and Planning Commission Rs 17.3 million during this period.

The total budget allocation in the province for the current fiscal year was Rs 29.284 billion: Rs 11.961 billion for current expenditures, Rs 17 billion for capital expenditures, and Rs 3 million for financial management.