Release funds for J&K’s development

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In the past years only 22 percent of the Prime Minister’s Rs 80,000-crore development package for Jammu and Kashmir has been released to the state government.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, headed by senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, in a report tabled in the Rajya Sabha recently, said the progress on implementing the Prime Minister’s development package had been slow and a “poor outcome” had been achieved in the past 12 months.
Since the day PDP-BJP coalition has taken over the reins of the state the developmental works have not been going on at the desired pace. The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her cabinet colleagues on many occasions have taken up the matter with the Government of India and has stressed on it to release the funds for the schemes sponsored by the Centre but their requests have not yielded the desired results.
It is unfortunate the Government of India is viewing J&K only through the security prism and is not paying much heed towards the developmental projects in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the media reports J&K has received just 15,000 Cr in three years, and of the 63 projects sanctioned for funding, 20 have got no money, 13 just 10 percent of approved cost.
The GoI should shift its focus on developing the infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir and release the money for the schemes which could generate employment and put the J&K on the path of development.
The parliamentary panel observed that Ministry of Home Affairs should intensify its efforts to achieve measurable outcome under the PM’s Development Package by speeding up the work in the upcoming fiscal and implement all the projects at the earliest.