Infrastructure plan budget must be spent wisely: Premier

The Cabinet met Tuesday to pass the budget for the first stage of the government's forward-looking infrastructure plan. The budget is set at NT$108.9 billion (US$3.6 billion).

Premier Lin Chuan reminded every department to make every penny count. Cabinet spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung spoke on behalf of the premier.

"I would like to remind everyone that national resources do not come easily and that the money should be spent wisely down to the last penny. Every department head should assess all possibilities and conduct environmental impact assessments in line with the plan," Hsu said. "They must each be responsible for managing the progress. For projects up for bidding, they must have clear, reasonable and objective review standards. The deliberation must be transparent, and must meet the budget laid out for the purpose."

The infrastructure plan is one of the Tsai administration's main policy drives. It will include rural and urban development, digital development, green energy, water management, projects tackling the national birthrate, food safety, skills training and railways.

Source: Radio Taiwan International