Rs 8000 Cr Package For J&K28 February 2011
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: The Union Government has provided special support worth Rs 8000 crore to Jammu and Kashmir for its development needs in the Union budget presented today by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The Government’s special support to Jammu and Kashmir is anchored in Rs 28,000 crore Prime Minister’s Re-construction Plan. In addition, for the current year, about Rs 8,000 crore have been provided for the State’s development needs. 'A Task Force to assess infrastructure needs that can be addressed within a time horizon of 24 months for Ladakh and Jammu regions of the State has recommended projects amounting to Rs 416 crore and Rs 497 crore respectively. I am providing Rs 100 crore for Ladakh and Rs 150 crore for Jammu’’, Mr Mukherjee said. He said 2309 youth have been recruited from J&K during the year 2010 in various Central para-military forces as against the proposal to recruit 2000 youth. The number of vacancies has also been raised to 2062 from 2042, he added. The Special Task Force for Development of Ladakh, headed by Narendra Jadhav, Member Planning Commission, has submitted a report to the Government in January identifying projects that could be implemented in a period of two years. The Jadhav Committee report had identified projects worth Rs 416 crore. Among the projects recommended include construction of culverts, small bridges and roads connecting remote villages and hamlets in the region. In the General Budget presented today, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced Rs 100 crore for various projects suggested by the Jadhav Committee. The decision on forming of three Task Forces was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on September 25 last year.