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Finance Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday released the first progress report of its Internal Support Unit (ISU), established to address public sector reform challenges including problem solving, quantitative analysis, delivery and communication in different departments of the public sector.

PESHAWAR, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – June 14, 2022): Finance Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday released the first progress report of its Internal Support Unit (ISU), established to address public sector reform challenges , including problem solving, quantitative analysis, delivery and communication in the various departments of the public sector.

The unit, established in October 2019, provides operational support to public sector ministries, an official document released by the Ministry of Finance revealed.

The improvement of KP Finance department’s key indicators has been introduced through institutional reforms, rigorous monitoring and in-depth data analysis.

The year 2019-2020 progressed as a year of record revenue growth of 65% with Rs. 17.2 billion collected for the ex-provincial cheque.

The UIS has also developed a new ADP publication policy which has been approved by the Cabinet, resulting in an increase in the publication of the budget from Rs. 24 billion in December 2019 to Rs. 72 billion in January 2020.

Identification of Auqaf properties and proposed business plans to increase annual revenue from Rs. 15.6 million to Rs. 231 million and identification of Rs. 200 billion share of KP in Public Sector Development Program ( PSDP).

UIS key indicators have played their part in improving different areas of KP health department such as increase in drug budget for secondary and primary health care facilities by Rs. 2, 5 billion to 4.5 billion for the year 2021-22, increase in operational budget from Rs. 8.7 billion to Rs 13.2 billion and Rs 36 billion to Rs 42 billion increase in MTI’s grans.

Increase in the number of functional COVID vaccination centers out of 1000 establishments. The UIS helped design recruitment plans to build the department’s human resource capacity.

Similarly, key milestones achieved during the 2019-20, 20-21 and 21-22 fiscal years within the Finance Department included the approval of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Authority (KPRA) incentive plan and the institutionalization of the first performance-based incentive program in ministries.

It has developed and launched a new integrated budget appeal circular that allows for better integration of the budget development process and has allowed departments to have greater flexibility to appropriate additional funds.

The unit also reinvigorated the Accelerated Implementation Program (AIP) through an in-depth review of departmental blueprints, identification of high-impact projects, and accelerated the pace of project design by supporting the preparation of 54 issues of PC-1.

According to the report, in the KP health department, his achievements included “the Seht Card Plus program under which health coverage of Rs 1 million was provided to each of the 7.5 million households in KP, the primary care transformation improving service delivery to more than 1.2 million patients per year in 100 facilities renovated through improved inputs.

Renovated secondary care facilities impact more than 2.5 million patients visited annually due to improved staff attendance, availability of drugs and equipment, and improved infrastructure, reveals the document.

Outsourcing initiatives increase access to quality medical services in remote areas, helping 400,000 to 500,000 people a year.

The design and establishment of Hospital Management Committees (HMCs) and Primary Care Management Committees (PCMCs) were among the major milestones of the UIS.

Support for the unit has spread to several departments and offices, including the CM office. The unit was formed under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra after consultations with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan, Chief Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary of the province, the report added.


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