Govt sets up deadline to complete 1717 languishing projects

In a bid to give impetus to development scenario in Jammu and Kashmir, the Governor’s Administration has set an ambitious target to complete 1717 languishing projects by the end of this year.

An order issued by the Finance department has asked all the administrative secretaries to give monthly progress report of the work done on languishing projects taken up for completion under Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Corporation (JKIDFC) funding.

According to the details of 1717 languishing projects to be completed by the end of this year, major share is of Public Health Engineering and Irrigation and Flood Control department having 700 languishing projects followed by Public Works (R&B) Department 300 and Power Development Department 168.

A total of 111 projects of School Education department, 103 of Health and Medical Education department, 79 of Industries and Commerce, 73 of Rural Development Department, 65 of Youth Services and Sports and 62 projects of Ladakh Affairs Department are also in the list of 1717 projects to be completed by the end of 2019.

A senior Finance Department official informed that Principal Secretary Finance last month chaired a meeting of Administrative Secretaries. They were asked to ensure the completion of the languishing projects by end of this year.

“Governor Malik has time and again reiterated that delay in completion of projects is hurting the development prospects of the state and he has directed Chief Secretary to ensure that there should be no laxity in completion of these projects,” he said.

Minutes of the meeting chaired by the Principal Secretary to Government, Finance Department read: “…All the Administrative Secretaries have been asked to expedite timely furnishing of payment requests to JKIFDC Ltd, in order to complete the approved projects in a specified timeframe. He has asked all the Administrative Secretaries to express their difficulties in furnishing payment request to the JKIDFC Ltd and time frame for completion of languishing projects by each department.”

These 1717 languishing projects will be completed under languishing scheme funded by the Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Finance. The  State Administrative Council (SAC) in order to complete the languishing projects has established JKIDFC to raise loan of Rs 8000 crore.

A tentative assessment by the planning, development and monitoring department indicated that incomplete projects worth over Rs 10000 crore were at various stages and that over Rs 6000 crore would be required to complete all of them in one go.

The Planning department has further analyzed that six departments namely PW(R&B), PHE/I&FC, School Education, Higher Education, Youth Services and Sports, Health and Medical Education and Tourism taken together accounted for nearly two thirds of the total unfunded burden. The projects in these six departments alone account for nearly Rs 4000 crore.