Srinagar, Oct 9: A high-powered central team today reviewed development, employment opportunities and security situation in Jammu and Kashmir with senior officials here.
Though Cabinet Secretary A K Seth was to lead the 40-member delegation of top bureaucrats from a dozen key ministries and departments, he could not make it due to pressing engagements.
In the absence of Seth, the delegation met state Chief Secretary Madhav Lal and other officials.
The central team also reviewed the security scenario in the state with top brass of army, paramilitary forces, police and central and state intelligence agencies against the backdrop of the recent attempts by militant groups to cross the LoC.
During its meeting with the Chief Secretary and other state officials, the team took stock of progress in implementation of Rs 2,000 crore job plan for 1.5 lakh youth in five years, which was rolled out by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Economic Advisory Council headed by C Rangarajan in March.
Presenting an overview of the efforts made by the State government for improving the development scenario and for laying the framework for better governance, Chief Secretary said that successful Panchayat election and devolution of powers to these grass root institution will have a positive bearing on the development programs at various levels adding that JK's endeavour is to bring the governance structure within the state in conformity with the rest of the country.
The State Accountability Commission and State Information Commission have already been made fully functional, he said, adding that the amendment to the State Vigilance Act will further improve the functioning of the government in a transparent manner.
Matters related to Special Assistance Package to Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister's Reconstruction Programme (PMRP), Power sector reforms, IT development, Health Infrastructure, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry etc. were discussed in detail. Issues related to tribal affairs in the state were also deliberated upon during the meeting.
The central team presented their feedback on the status of various developmental works under implementation in the state and issues that impede free flow of central funds. They assured their full support to the state government in taking up matters that require their intervention with the Union Finance Ministry and Planning Commission. The administrative secretaries were asked to prepare and submit proposals under various schemes, given the scope for allotment of funds in these sectors.
Winding up the discussion, the Chief Secretary said that various initiatives have already been put in place and the concerned departments would be directed to formulate proposals and schemes as per requirements for receiving central assistance for the development of the state.
The meeting was attended by P.K. Pradhan, Special Secretary Health and Family welfare, A.S.Lamba, Special Secretary Agriculture, N. Ravishanker, Prem Naryan Senior Advisor Planning Commission, Additional Secretary Information Technology Anoop Kumar Srivastav Joint Secretary Finance, Principal Secretary Planning and Development BB Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Health G. A. Peer, Commissioner Secretary Power Basharat Ahmed Dhar, Commissioner Secretary Sheep and Animal Husbandry B.D. Sharma, Commissioner Finance Sudanshu Pandey, Secretary IT Manoj Devedi and other senior officers from Central Ministries and State Administration.