Disparity in CRF allocation: Jammu gets Rs 205 cr, Kashmir Rs 142 cr

Disparity in CRF allocation: Jammu gets Rs 205 cr, Kashmir Rs 142 cr

An official, wishing anonymity, termed the allocation for Kashmir as “unjust and grave discrimination with the region.”

In yet another instance of discrimination with Kashmir, Jammu has walked away with the lion’s share of Central Road Fund—a key road building programme funded by the Government of India.

Official sources said of Rs 347 crore recently approved by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for road projects under CRF, Jammu has got Rs 205 crore while Kashmir’s share is just Rs 142 crore.

The disparity has come to the fore when Kashmir is in need of massive funding for undertaking reconstruction in road sector in the wake of last year’s devastating floods. Hundreds of kilometers of road was washed away by the deluge in different districts of Kashmir while scores of bridges were also washed away.  

Surprisingly, the unfair  treatment has been meted out to the Valley despite the fact that JK’s coalition partners—Peoples Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party—have pledged “equitable” and “balanced” development of all three regions of the  State in their ‘Agenda of  Alliance’, the framework  guiding the working of the government .

An official, wishing anonymity, termed the allocation for Kashmir as “unjust and grave discrimination with the region.”

“Going by the population, Kashmir should get 20 to 30 percent funds more than Jammu. But it is unfair that Jammu has been allocated Rs 63 crore more than the Valley where road infrastructure has been badly damaged by the last year’s floods,” he said.

As per 2011 census, Kashmir has a population of 70 lakh while that of Jammu, 53 lakh souls.

During the previous National Conference-Congress regime, Kashmir also got raw deal under CRF allocations when the Minister for R&B Abdul Majid Wani was heading the Roads & Buildings Ministry.

Of the road projects cleared in 2013-14, Kashmir got meager Rs 15 crore against Rs 86 crore allotted to Jammu region.

As already reported by this newspaper, Srinagar district would get least funding under the district-sector for capital expenditure.

According to tentative ceilings conveyed  by the Planning & Development  department to district administrations, Srinagar would get Rs 65 crore for undertaking developmental works in the current year—almost three times less than the proposed allocation for Jammu district. Jammu would get Rs 193 crore under district-sector for the ongoing financial year.