KAMPALA: The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has released a total of Shs5.923 trillion for the last quarter of the current financial year, which is 24% of the total approved budget.
Ramathan Ggoobi, the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury, said Shs1.4 trillion has been released for wages and this includes enhanced lunch allowances for medics.
However, he also said that no funds have been released under the Parish Development Model for this quarter of the financial year, on account of pending information of enterprise groups, PDM SACCOs & opening of bank accounts across most parts of the country.
Of the Shs5.923 trillion release, Shs322.96 billion has gone to Non-Wage Recurrent and Development Health Institutions and Social Protection where National Medical Stores takes Shs112.96 billion for essential drugs and Ministry of Health has Shs40.23 billion.
The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has Shs35.43 billion of which SAGE has Shs19 billion and Referral Hospitals have Shs30.99 billion.
Agriculture and Industry has Shs308.72 billion. This includes Shs81.2 billion funding for FMD vaccines and procurement of 200 tractors, implements and accessories unit, and provision of water for agricultural production in Karamoja sub-region.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives has been allocated Ushs131.76 billion, NAADs – Ushs16.26 billion; Uganda Coffee Development Authority – Ushs22.81 billion; NARO – Ushs22.57 billion; and NAGRIC – Ushs19.77 billion.
Security and Presidency has been allocated Ushs1.391 trillion, of which Ministry of Defence has Ushs774.94 billion, Office of the President (including Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation- Ushs226.89 billion and State House – Ushs50.55 billion.
Uganda Police has been allocated Ushs144.99 billion, Ministry of Internal Affairs – Ushs11.41 billion, ISO – Ushs16.81 billion, ESO – Ushs6.60 billion, DGAL – Ushs6.49 billion, OPM (including Supplementary for disaster relief and disarmament in Karamoja (intelligence and livelihood)- Ushs67.62 billion. and Prisons – Ushs34.42 billion.
Governance, Revenue Collection has been allocated Ushs273.15 billion. The funding is mainly to cater for: i. MoFPED – Ushs158.18 billion including capitalisation of UDB. URA has Ushs77.75 billion and National Citizenship and Immigration Control – Ushs5.5 billion:
Judiciary, Legislature and EC has been allocated Ushs250.88 billion. The funding is mainly to cater for: i. Parliament – Ushs135.82 billion, Judiciary – Ushs77.58 billion and Electoral Commission Ushs37.48 billion.
Other expenditures include UNRA (Ushs207.225 billion), Ministry of Works and Transport (Ushs172 billion), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (Ushs100.85 billion) and Ministry of Education and Sports (Ushs106.15 billion).
Local Government releases are projected at UShs462.831 billion to cater for Capitation Grant and UGIFT counterpart funding.
With regards to Local revenue, effective FY 2021/22, Government decided to release Local Revenue for Local Government Votes as and when they remit the collections to the Consolidated Fund.
“We have noted that some Local Governments have collected beyond their approved budgets and requested for supplementary funding, which will be consolidated and submitted to Parliament for appropriation,” Ggoobi said.