Job Plan: Kashmir Inc Seeks Monitoring System24 April 2011
Srinagar: The industrialists and opposition PDP Sunday stressed on setting up of an ‘effective monitoring and implementation mechanism’ for execution of Rs 2500 crore job plan unveiled by C Rangarajan, chairman of Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. However, the ruling National Conference said it is a long term policy and needs short-term monitoring. Siraj Ahmad, spokesman of Kashmir Economic Alliance, an amalgam of traders, businessmen and transporters said schemes are launched with much fanfare and enthusiasm but when it comes to implementation, the balloon of claims gets punctured.“We see Rangarajan Committee’s job plan as an eye-wash. It is not a joke to provide employment to 1, 40,000 youth. The report claims that top Indian companies were ready to invest in Kashmir. How is that possible when the investment of Kashmir’s businessmen was on stake,” he questioned? Siraj said they have observed that the government was not able to implement major schemes on ground. “Announcements and launch of schemes is a routine stuff but implementation of schemes is a herculean task,” he said. Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry General Secretary Nazir Ahmed said it is unfortunate that implementation of ambitious job plan has been delayed. “We are hopeful that government would rise to the occasion and work for early implementation of job plan,” he said. He said job plan should not meet the same fate as that of the recommendations of Prime Minister’s five Working Groups. Kashmir chamber of Commerce and Industry president Nazir Ahmad Dar said earlier promises and recommendations are yet to be fulfilled and it has created doubts in the minds of people that this job panel will also meet the same fate. “Rangarajan Committee has the only powers to recommend. It is Government of India and J&K government, which have to implement it. We want concrete steps regarding its implementation on the grounds,” he said. Senior NC leader and MP from South Kashmir, Mehboob Beg said many schemes were announced and many recommendations made but very few were implemented on ground. “It is time to move beyond promises, announcements and launches. It is high time to act and do something on ground,” he said. He said the unemployment problem was a major issue in Kashmir, which needs a special attention. “Some mechanism has to be put in place for the implementation of Rangarajan committee’s job plan,” he said. Another NC leader and MLA from Handwara, Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan said Rangarajan Committee’s proposal is a long-term one. “There is a need for short-term effective measures. We have 5.96 lakh unemployed youth in State and they can’t wait for five years,” he said. PDP chief spokesman, Nayeem Akhter said it is not just delay in implementation of Rangarajan committee’s recommendations but the fate of other ambitious schemes and recommendations have met the same fate. “We blame JK government for delay in implementation of the job plan. The present dispensation is inefficient and can’t pursue the implementation of schemes rigorously,” he said and demanded that Government of India should strictly monitor the implementation of job plan. Rising Kashmir had carried a story on its Sunday issue about the delay in implementation of job plan due to technical hitches.