JK set to get extension of PMRP for current fiscal

State Takes Up Matter With Union Home Ministry

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Jammu, Apr 13: Jammu and Kashmir is all set to get fourth extension to the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Programme – a Union Home Ministry funded programme in the state – for the current financial year 2012-13.
 Reliable sources in the state government told Greater Kashmir that a high level delegation of Jammu and Kashmir government, headed by the Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, today took up the matter with the officers of Union Home Ministry in New Delhi.
 “The state projected its case seeking extension of the plan owing to incomplete work on various mega projects undertaken under the programme”, sources said adding, “The state has got positive response from the Home Ministry and as of now we are hopeful of getting another extension.”
 “The limited work season and the continuous disturbances for three consecutive years during summer in the Valley were some of the reasons projected by the state for the slow pace of work on various prestigious projects undertaken under the Plan”, sources privy to the meeting revealed. The officials also informed the ministry that majority of the delayed works pertain to the creation of power infrastructure, including new hydro electric power projects, proposed in the state. “Most of these projects are delayed due to the bureaucratic hassles and environment clearances”, sources said.
 They said that the central ministry was also informed about the steps taken by the state government to ensure proper implementation of the Plan. The ministry was informed that the state has set up a high level committee, headed by the Chief Secretary, for ensuing speedy execution of the program.
 Sources claimed that the state government projected its demand with regard to the under-execution of projects and the plans which are yet to be taken up. “The revised costs of all the projects were discussed in the meeting”, they added.
 The Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Programme was sanctioned for Jammu and Kashmir by the Prime Minister during his visit to JK in 2004. Under the plan, the Center was to fund various reconstruction programmes in the state for which the initial cost was worked out at Rs 27,902 crore. However due to delay in execution of the works which had resulted in cost overruns, the program was revised at Rs 33,000 crore.
 The PMRP, initiated in 2004 for a five-year period, has already been extended thrice. The program’s term expired in 2008-09 and was extended by the Centre for financial years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.
 Out of 42 projects, work on around 30 projects has been completed during the last seven years at the expense of cost escalation and constant hammering by the Centre.
 “Most of the projects completed were directly taken by the Central Government while those executed by the State have remained incomplete,” said a source.
 Recently, the Central Government admitted in Parliament that work on PMRP is going on at snail’s pace and is running behind schedule. During last financial year, the State had been allotted Rs 6600 crore worth annual plan and Rs 1200 crore under PMRP.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 13 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 14 Apr 2012 00:00:00 IST




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