Overall Backwardness In J&K 55.68%: Survey

29 June 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Srinagar: On the 9th Statistics Day, which was observed in Central University of Kashmir, the director of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) revealed that the overall backwardness in Jammu and Kashmir was 55.68 per cent. The daylong seminar was held at Department of Economics, Central University of Kashmir (CUK), in collaboration with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and NSSO. On the occasion, NSSO director Altaf Hussain Haji said the NSSO played an important role in measuring the quality of some social developments in the state. 'The NSSO is responsible for conducting large-scale sample surveys in diverse fields on all India basis,' he said. While focusing on the backwardness of the state, the official said with the help of the data of four parameters, the backwardness index division-wise shows that the Ladakh region has 87 per cent backwardness, Jammu region 60 per cent and Kashmir 40 per cent backwardness. The overall backwardness of Jammu and Kashmir is 55.68 per cent. The overall backwardness of Jammu and Kashmir was 55.68 per cent, he revealed. Central University of Kashmir (CUK) officiating Vice Chancellor Mehraj-ud-Din said the surveys and other allied researches undertaken on socio-economic developments of the country should be based on real facts and figures. 'It has been observed that several schemes, programmes and initiatives taken by both Centre and state governments for the benefit of the people, particularly the downtrodden, fail as the surveys conducted on the potential beneficiaries before announcing and subsequent implementation of these schemes are not done properly,' the VC said. This year's theme on Statistics Day was 'Social Development; Health, Education, Poverty, Employment, Social Backwardness, Housing, and Environment with reference to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.' The VC said the university was willing to collaborate with the NSSO to undertake survey on any social issue. 'CUK's Economics Department will provide required human resource and the university will give other basic facilities in conducting the research, which will be then given to the state government for consideration and perusal,' the VC said.