Ahead of JK visit, PM does the home work

Reviews Rs 37000-Cr Reconstruction Package

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

New Delhi, June 21: Ahead of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir early next week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday reviewed the status of the Rs 37,000-crore reconstruction package for the state which is currently being implemented.
The Prime Minister's Reconstruction Plan involves 67 projects and schemes covering 11 sectors of the economy including expansion of infrastructure and basic services and employment generation.
The review was undertaken by the Prime Minister with officials involved in the implementation of these projects, sources said.
The Prime Minister is undertaking two-day visit to the state from June 25.
At the meeting, it was noted that 34 projects and schemes have been completed and work in 28 is in progress, the sources said. Among the projects completed are setting up of 1,000 micro hydro-electric projects, electrification of all villages, expansion of total literacy campaign to remaining three districts of Kargil, Poonch, and Doda and training to enhance skills of youth for IT/BPO sector at Jammu and Srinagar. The other schemes completed are starting of six new degree colleges and setting up of five women's ITIs in Kashmir Valley. The completed projects also include relief and rehabilitation for the dislocated families and victims of militancy. This involved construction of two-room tenements for Kashmiri migrants and construction of temporary shelters, rebuilding of village infrastructure and repair and restoration of damaged houses for people on the International Border and the LoC affected by cross-border shelling.
Singh had announced the reconstruction package of Rs 24,000 crore during his first visit to the state in 2004 soon after becoming the Prime Minister. The package has since grown to Rs 37,000 crore due to cost escalation and other factors.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Jun 2013 00:00:00 IST




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