NITI Aayog team conducts verification of PM package projects in J&K
The government of India is monitoring the funds being spent by the state government under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for J&K.
The government of India is monitoring the funds being spent by the state government under the Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP) for J&K.
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the PMDP of Rs 80,000 crore in 2015, this is for the first time that the government of India has deputed any central team for inspection of the projects being constructed by the state government.
An official told Greater Kashmir that a team of NITI Aayog officials last week conducted physical verification of the projects being built under the PMDP in Srinagar and Jammu districts.
"The team verified the projects constructed under the PMDP component for permanent restoration of the infrastructure damaged by 2014 floods," he said.
Under the PMDP, Rs 2000 crore has been earmarked for permanent restoration of the infrastructure hit by the devastating deluge. Out of the Rs 2000 crore, the government of India has so far released Rs 1109 crore.
Deputy advisor NITI Aayog Kiran Gupta, who was heading the team, told Greater Kashmir that the purpose (of the visit) was to conduct verification of the projects.
"We also ascertained status/ progress of the projects," she said, adding the team will now submit a report to the Union ministry of home affairs.
The team arrived on September 5 and flew back to New Delhi on September 9.
Coincidentally, the team returned to New Delhi on the day when Union home minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Kashmir and reviewed the PMDP implementation.
On Monday, Rajnath said that the PMDP is set to cross Rs 1 lakh crore due to cost escalation.
He also said the pace of execution of the projects should be speeded up.
"There are some big projects and despite the cost escalation they will be implemented fast," he said.