NDPC’s 40-year plan starved of cash

Out of 13.8 million cedis requested by the National Development Planning Commission, NDPC, to roll out its 40-year development plan, only 4.9 million cedis was approved by the Finance Minister.

The Commission needed the 13.8 million to address challenges such as inadequate logistics, limited office space, recruitment of technical staff, replace aged vehicles among others.

The cut in the budget would cause a serious setback to the Commission’s preparation of a long-term development planning framework and national planning module for 2016.

In fact, the Commission in the 2016 budget is allocated almost five million cedis lower than what it received in 2015.

Members of Parliament today expressed worry the National Development Planning Commission may be unable to roll out the much-talked-about 40-year development plan.

Joy News’ Parliamentary correspondent Elton Brobbey reported that the MPs noted that the Commission’s programmes for 2016 are critical for national development.

They are therefore unhappy that it continues to suffer from inadequate budgetary allocation.

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