Three ministries, one locality fail to submit spending plans for disbursement on time

November, 04/2022 - 00:00
According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment by the end of last month VNĐ66.3 trillion from the programme was disbursed.
Part of National Highway 4B that runs through the northern province of Lạng Sơn. Photo baodautu.vn

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) can not complete the capital allocation plan of VNĐ3.4 trillion (US$137 million) for projects under the socio-economic programme, as three ministries and the People’s Committee of Lạng Sơn Province failed to submit spending plans on time.

The ministries of Health, Transport, and Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs have been slow in developing public investment plans, including projects funded with capital from the socio-economic recovery programme.

According to the MPI, by the end of last month, VNĐ66.3 trillion from the programme was disbursed.

In late September, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính decided to earmark over VNĐ147 trillion (US$6.39 billion) from the State budget for ministries, agencies and localities to carry out the socio-economic recovery and development programme.

They were required to use public investment capital in line with the National Assembly’s resolution and relevant legal regulations on this issue.

In cases where projects need more capital than the State budget allocated, localities must be responsible for arranging enough local budget.

Seeing the slowness of public investment at ministries and localities, MPI has asked the health ministry to complete soon funding plans for health projects included in the socio-economic recovery and development programme.

The labour ministry was asked to review and update data on its two projects set to be implemented in Bình Phước and Điện Biên Province. The two provinces asked for funding of VNĐ80 billion each, but the Ministry of Labour estimates this is likely to be VNĐ70 billion for Bình Phước and VNĐ60 billion for Điện Biện.

The two provinces have yet to announce funds from their budgets that they planned to spend on projects under the socio-economic recovery programme.

MPI also asked the transport ministry and Lạng Sơn Province to complete an investment proposal on upgrading part of National Highway 4B that runs through the province.

According to the MPI, the capital disbursement in the socio-economic recovery and development programme is still slower than expected. The ministry called on other ministries, agencies and localities to prepare properly so that funding for public investment projects could be disbursed smoothly at the beginning of next year.

In Việt Nam, disbursement for public investment projects at year-end is usually faster than at the beginning of the year. VNS

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