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BUDGET FOR PARISH MODEL SLASHED BY A HALF

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Government has reduced the budget for the implementation of the Parish Development Model from Shs 490 billion to Shs 200 billion for the first phase because of shortage of funds.  

The money is to be shared across all the 10,460 parishes for the preparatory phase in the first quarter of the next financial year

The initiative is the latest of government attempts at lifting the nearly 68 per cent of households from subsistence economy to commercial production to reduce poverty. 

Finance minister Matia Kasaija told lawmakers on the Budget Committee of Parliament on Friday that the resource envelope was reduced because some targeted funds that were to be pooled were withdrawn. 

Money from the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme, Youth Livelihood Programme and Emyooga funds, that had been included in the Parish Development Model, have been excluded from the plan.

The lawmakers, however, questioned if the programme had been redesign to fit the new budget.

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