J&K to assess impact of development projects

Jammu & Kashmir government shall undertake an exercise to evaluate the impact of developmental projects taken up under different programmes in the state.

An official told Greater Kashmir that Finance department has decided to go for “quick impact analysis” of the ongoing and the completed projects in the State.

“The main objective of the exercise is to assess whether benefits of these projects are reaching to the target groups. We will also see what corrections are needed for giving benefits of these projects to masses,” he said.

To begin with, officials of Finance department would evaluate impact of the projects being taken up in different departments like Roads & Building, Public Health Engineering, Public Health Engineering, etc.

“We have identified projects of 10 departments for quick impact analysis and not less than five projects of each of them would be assessed. Our teams will undertake field visits to evaluate their impact,” the official said, adding that exercise was part of monitoring developmental initiatives in the state.

The exercise has been taken up at a time when state is executing projects under the Prime Minister’s Development Package and World Bank –financed  JehlumTawi Flood Recovery project.

From time to time, questions have been raised from different quarters over utility and efficacy of several projects taken up in the state under central or state funding. 

In latest such instance, the government has come under criticism over “ill designing” of grade separator at TRC junction, which was thrown open for traffic movement few days ago.

Earlier this week, the Governor also directed administrative secretaries undertake field visits on weekly basis to review developmental works and important centrally and state sponsored schemes.