Project implementation delayed for dozens of reasons

DHAKA, July 16 (BSS)

Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of Planning Ministry has identified a dozen of problems causing delay in project implementation, said officials.

The IMED has prepared the project implementation report using scientific method for the first time to help the government gear up implementation of its Annual Development Programme (ADP), save public fund and identify the actual reasons behind the delay of project implementation, they said.

Earlier, the IMED was used to identify problem for the delay of project implementation in a random way as most of the projects were completed after the scheduled time.

Planning Minister Air Vice Marshal (retd) A K Khandker will unveil the report tomorrow (Tuesday) at a workshop at NEC conference room in city’s Sher-E- Banglanagar.

The IMED report said few development partners hardly show interest to implement projects through agent and non-government organizations (NGOs).

Sometimes, the development partners want to eliminate government’s implementing agency, it said, adding, if the government does not eliminate the implementing agency, they start non-cooperation in disbursing funds that delay project implementation.

In the technical assistance project, the development partners do not handover technology to the country and thus Bangladesh does not get any benefit, the report said.

Another problem is not following the procurement rules and policy. The faulty procurement policy delays the project implementation, it added.

The report said risk of corruption has been increased. Sometimes the development partners stop fund disbursement due to alleged corruption that might delay the project implementation.

Besides, skill deficiency of the project director and other employees are also responsible for the delay of project implementation.

On the other hand, frequent change of project director also caused delay in project implementation. The implementing agency does not follow rules and regulation in appointing the project director. Sometimes, a person is made project director for several projects.

The report also blames the trend of incorporating a huge number of projects in the ADP, resulting in a queue of the unimplemented projects.

Complexities of land acquisition also delayed project implementation, the report said.

Finally, lack of coordination among implementing agency, planning commission, IMED, finance division, development partners and district administration is also responsible for the delay in project implementation.