August 2018 News
Jammu Ahead Of Overall Development Than Kashmir, Ladakh By Fund Value & Work Done29 August 2018
Srinagar: At a time when BJP decry step-motherly treatment of Jammu in fund allocations in Jammu and Kashmir State and the discrimination with the region was reasoned to end the alliance with PDP in the state. The Jammu region fares better in progress of development projects and fund allocation s than two other regions of State-Kashmir and Ladakh, according to a report in The Indian Express. The newspaper report quoted official figures compiled by erstwhile PDP-BJP government where under the Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP) show a balanced allocation, while Jammu leads in work progress of different projects. The government report said the projects under the PMDP shows that of the 61 identified projects, 13 are in the Jammu region, 11 in Kashmir and nine in Ladakh. At least 28 projects cut across regions and are state-wide. 'In Jammu, physical work on five projects including an IIM (where classes started in November 2016) and the semi-ring road have commenced. At least one project - the four-laning of Chenani-Nashri section of NH-1A - has been completed at a cost of Rs 4,700 crore and inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2017,' said the newspaper report quoted the official figures. It said of the 11 projects under the PMDP in the Kashmir region, only three are off the ground including four-laning of the Qazigund-Banihal section of NH-1A, of which 72 per cent has been completed - none of the others has made any significant progress. In the Ladakh region, however, at least two major projects - construction of cold storage facility at Leh and Kargil and subsidy support for setting up solar driers - found no takers. The development package of Rs 80,068 crore for the state was announced by the Prime Minister on November 7, 2015. It comprised 61 major development works to be implemented by 15 central ministries with the assistance of the state government. The last review of the PMDP, by the Union Home Secretary, when the BJP-PDP alliance was intact showed that Rs 62,991 crore (approximately 79 per cent) had been sanctioned by March end this year. However, just Rs 24,443 crore (31 per cent) had been released, and the amount utilised was even lower at Rs 20,417 crore (25 per cent). Official records also show that at least 28 big-ticket projects - each worth Rs 1,000 crore or more - under the PMDP are stuck at various stages.