J&K on threshold of massive reconstruction: CM
17 December 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said that Jammu and Kashmir is on the threshold of a massive reconstruction adding that the financial resources being made available by the Prime Ministerís economic package and the Asian Development Bank would help transform the development profile of the State. Mufti Sayeed was speaking at the plan review meetings of Baramulla and Kupwara districts here this morning that discussed implementation of development schemes taken up in the two districts several ministers and legislators of the two districts were present. The Chief Minister said the paucity of funds have not been allowed to hamper the speed of development activities as institutional finances have been arranged to carry on the much needed infrastructure development. He said Rs. 1500 crore would be available from the Asian Development Bank for undertaking important projects particularly in road communication and urban development sectors. He said the schemes would be time bound and involve no bureaucratic hassles. He said an independent monitoring agency has been set up to ensure timely implementation of the schemes that include the construction of the prestigious Mughal Road and Simthan-Kishtawar Road and four-lanning of Srinagar-Uri and Srinagar-Gulmarg Roads. The engineers, he said, would be given special training to ensure timely completion of the schemes. The Chief Minister said the Prime Ministerís economic package announced recently would generate lot of economic activity in Jammu and Kashmir. He said the package envisages Rs. 18000 crore investment in power generation. He said mega hydel projects including Bursar, Kishenganga and Uri II would generate economic activity on a major scale like the ongoing railways and superhighway projects. He said that about Rs. 1000 crore would be spent on construction of road for the Bursar hydel project alone. He said the entire money would be spent over a period of four years. The Chief Minister said that the PMís package also provides for Rs. 6000 crore for investment in social sector like education, community development, modernization of power transmission system and social welfare. He said 7000 Anganwari centres, 15 degree colleges and 8 polytechnic institutions would be opened in the State. Important roads like double lane Srinagar-Uri and Srinagar-Kupwara would be constructed. He said skill improvement and construction of tourist and model villages is also part of the package. The Chief Minister sought responses and clarifications from concerned officers on points raised by legislators with respect to the development schemes and problems in their constituencies. He asked the officers of the horticulture department to prepare a comprehensive project on sprinkle irrigation in kandi areas under the horticulture technology mission. The Chief Minister called for a mechanism for proper maintenance of community assets like panchayat ghars, schools and community information centres and impressed upon officers to work with dedication for timely implementation of welfare and development schemes taken up by the coalition Government. He directed the Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara to submit the works programme of Rs. 15 crore available under special dispensation of central assistance for the district within a week and asked for reasons about the delay in this regard. He said Rs. 45 crore would be provided to Kupwara district in three years under this programme. The Chief Minister said that the decisions taken in district development board meetings would be monitored and asked concerned officers to report to him any difficulty they face in the implementation of commitments made by him from time to time. Present in the meetings were Minister for Agriculture, Abdul Aziz Zargar, Minister for Rural Development, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Minister for Finance, Planning and Development, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Minister for Tourism and Urban Development, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Taj Mohiuddin, Minister for Forests, Ghulam Mohiuddin Sofi, Minister of State for Education, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Lone, Minister of State for Planning, Usman Majid, Deputy Speaker, Legislative Assembly, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone, Chairman, J&K Handicrafts (Sales and Exports) Corporation, Haji Abdul Rashid and legislators, Maulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, Mr. Mohammad Dilawar Mir, Nazir Gurezi, Mir Saifullah, Shariefuddin Shariq, Mr. Qaisar Jamshed Lone, Kafeel ur Rehman, and Nisar Ali Khan.