The Ministry of State to the Office of the President, Regional Government and Local Government yesterday tabled a budget proposal of 8.7 tri/- for the financial year 2022/23, which emphasizes the improving the delivery of education and health services.
In tabling the Budget Estimates in Parliament, Portfolio Minister Innocent Bashungwa said that most of the funds would be allocated to coordinating and supervising the implementation of activities in the provision of primary education, health care health, nutrition and social protection in local governments. .
The Minister further informed Parliament that in the next fiscal year, his ministry will increase the budget allocation for the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
The CDF is an additional funding vehicle for community development that is managed at the constituency level by MPs.
Mr. Bashungwa said the government is planning to increase funding to CDF to implement various projects. He said CDF funding increased from 11 billion/- in the financial years 2016/17 to 2021/22 to 15.99 billion/- in the financial year 2022/23, an increase of 45.36 %.
Of the amount requested, 5.5 trills/- is intended for the operating budget, made up of salaries amounting to 4.6 trills/- and 884 billion/- for other expenses.
In addition, a total of 3.2 tri/- is for development projects, of which 2 tri/- comes from domestic revenue and 1 tri/- from external financing.
“The priorities set are the coordination and supervision of the implementation of primary education delivery activities in local government authorities (LGAs), including the implementation of free basic education, of which 346, 49 billion/- has been allocated, reflecting an increase of 34.44 billion/- compared to the previous allocation of 312.05 billion/-,” he explained.
According to the minister, 809 teachers’ houses will be built in the coming fiscal year with a budget of 55.57 billion/-. He added that a total of 34 billion/- has been allocated for the first phase of construction of 1,700 classrooms in the former primary schools and that a total of 15.60 billion/- will be set aside for the construction of 39 new primary schools.
Another priority will be to coordinate and oversee the implementation of primary health care, nutrition and social service delivery activities in local government authorities (LGAs).
“The government intends to spend 24.65 billion/- to continue building 28 municipal hospitals, 15.50 billion/- and 16.55 billion/- others to renovate 19 old municipal hospitals,” he said. declared.
He added that 15.15 billion/- has been allocated for the purchase of medical equipment for 300 dispensaries, 47.7 billion/- for the purchase of medical equipment for 159 health centers and 7.1 billion/ – for the purchase of dental and optical health equipment for 71. municipal hospitals.
Regarding good governance, he said that 1.15 billion/- has been allocated for the expansion of the three offices of the regional commissioners of Dodoma, Kilimanjaro and Singida.
“We plan to spend 3.58 billion/- in the coming fiscal year to renovate the offices of nine regional commissioners (RC), 15 district commissioners (DC) and one divisional office; 967.89 mil/- have been set aside for the renovation of two RC houses, 18 DC houses, one regional administrative secretary house and four district administrative secretary houses,” he said.
A total of 1.41 billion/- has been allocated through the Regional Strengthening Program and LGAs to strengthen the decentralization system, which will help improve social services, good governance and sustainable development.
Building and repairing rural and urban roads, economic empowerment and coordination of citizens, and overseeing the strategy to boost revenue collection and expenditure management in LGAs are among the ministry’s priorities during the the upcoming exercise.
The Minister further stated that in the financial year 2022/2023, PO-RALG through the Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA) allocated 802.29 billion/- from from various sources for the implementation of the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of road infrastructure.
“In Fiscal Year 2022/23, the Agency intends to construct 411.80 km of paved roads, 10,666 km of gravel roads, maintain 24,015.77 km of roads and 322 bridges as well as the maintenance of road infrastructure with a length of 12,542.50 meters.
Mr Dennis Londo, Deputy Chairman of the House Administrative Affairs and Local Government Committee, said the government must ensure councils step up their oversight of interest-free loans for women, young people and people with disabilities.
“According to implementation reports, several councils have increased lending to these groups.”
In addition, some councils have created new sources of revenue, such as Chunya District Council’s construction of a mining market, which is a new source of local revenue,” he explained.