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MoWP so far spends 50pc of its development budget

MoWP so far spends 50pc of its development budget

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15 Mar 2023 - 19:00
MoWP so far spends 50pc of its development budget
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15 Mar 2023 - 19:00

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Water and Power (MoWP) has utilized 50 percent of its development and 90 percent of its normal budget for fiscal year 1401, an official said on Tuesday.

Ghulam Jilani Haqparast, MoWP media office head, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the ministry had moved some of the development projects to its next year (1402) budget.

Due to some limitations about the budget and guidance of the government in FY 1401, some projects of the previous government, which had been more than 80 percent completed, were finalized.

He said MoWP will organize the most effective projects for 1402 fiscal year after the classification of development projects and coordination with other officials of zones of the country.

In response to a question about the difference in budgets of 1401 and 1402 years and between the budget of the current government and the previous government, Haqparast said: “‌Based on a letter of the Ministry of Finance (1401), the MoWP has prepared a concept letter (to arrange its projects in 1402 fiscal year) according to the balance, effectiveness and some other factors nationwide,this concept letter will be implemented after its evaluation by the Ministry of Finance”.

The Ministry of Water and Power will soon publish all the information related to the projects implemented and their costs, development made and the source of the projects’ funding on its website, twitter page, magazine, journal and other social media networks.

About publication of MoWP policies, he said all such information was prepared by reporters of the ministry, published by the publication department and sometimes the guidance from the minister was also required for the publication of some information.

The MoWP has so far made some achievements in implementation of the approved projects for 1401 fiscal year.

Without giving details about the 1401 budget spending, he said MoWP had so far spent 90 percent of its general budget and 50 percent of its development budget.

Without offering details, he said, currently maintenance work of more than ten dams in different provinces was in progress and once completed, the projects would increase the spending percentage of the development budget.

The MoWP was trying to prioritize implementation of projects which had positive effect on people’s lives. He said once the dams were completed, they would facilitate irrigation.

When asked about information about the ministry’s 1402 fiscal year budget, he said information in this regard should be shared after guidance of the office of the minister of water and power.

Haqparast in response to a question if their ministry was audited during the past one and a half years by the Supreme Audit Office, said: “The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) has audited MoWP while SAO work is still in progress”.


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