Jammu and Kashmir budget session in January
8 November 2006
Indo-Asian News Service
Jammu: The budget session of the Jammu and Kashmir legislature will be held in January next year, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said Wednesday.The decision was taken after Azad's meeting with Planning Commission officials in New Delhi Wednesday.'The idea is to finalise plans and programmes and implement them immediately after the winter is over,' Azad told IANS.'This is imperative for the paced development in the state.'This had also become important because of the creation of eight new districts, which will become operational from February next year. In Jammu and Kashmir, development funds are allocated district wise.With the creation of eight new districts, the total number of districts will go up to 22.The budget which normally used to be finalised by April takes at least two months of the working period and allotment of funds took another two to three months. That would leave only three months for developmental works, retarding the progress of the work.Azad said the main purpose to hold the session early is to reverse the existing pattern and increase the working period. The chief minister is also pushing for early allocation of funds so that development works are completed in the prescribed deadline.