JK gets ready to implement PM’s package
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed with him implementation of Rs 80,000 crore package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Governor briefed the Home Minister about the steps taken for the implementation of the package that has five components including humanitarian relief, disaster management, social infrastructure, economic infrastructure and developmental spending, official sources said.
As per the package, to be implemented in five years, Rs 60,000 crore have been earmarked for new infrastructure projects in the state sector, around Rs 7,000 crore have been earmarked for the ongoing projects.
Besides, Rs 8,000 crore have been earmarked for humanitarian relief including rehabilitation of the flood-affected people.
Addressing a public meeting in Srinagar on November 7, 2015, the Prime Minister had said funds would not be a constraint in building a modern, progressive and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir.
High Level Committee to monitor TAMEIR:
Governor N. N. Vohra has approved the constitution of a High Level Monitoring Committee to undertake a monthly review of the implementation of the projects funded under the Rs 80,000 crore PM's Package "The Aggregative Multi-sector Economic & Infrastructure Rebuilding (TAMEIR)"- Plan 2015-2020.
This Committee will be headed by the Chief Secretary and the Administrative Secretary of Planning and Development will be its Member Secretary. The other members shall be the Administrative Secretaries of the Departments of Forests, Relief & Rehabilitation, Home, Housing and Urban Development, Power Development, Finance, Public Works (R&B), Technical/YSS, Science & Technology, Higher Education, Agriculture Production, Health & Medical Education, PHE/I&FC, Tourism, and Revenue.
The Committee will oversee the implementation of projects, monitor fund flow for ensuring optimal utilization, address any other issues which may arise during the implementation of the Plan (2015-2020), and keep the Governor informed on regular basis.
Under the package, Humanitarian Relief involves provision of relief to the flood affected families of the 2014 September floods in the form of enhanced ex-gratia relief for reconstruction of houses, assistance for restoration of livelihood in the form of interest subvention for traders/self employed/business establishments etc.; rehabilitation package for One time settlement of PaK and Chhamb Displaced Persons; rehabilitation package for return of Kashmiri Pandits.
Disaster Management includes a Comprehensive Flood Control Project for River Jhelum and its tributaries including dredging and desilting, assistance for permanent restoration of damaged public infrastructure assets, assistance under World Bank assisted Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery project and strengthening the Disaster Management Framework in the State.
Social Infrastructure includes creation of two AIIMS like institutions for health care in the State, stepping up support for creation of infrastructure in District Hospitals, Sub-District Hospitals and PHCs, establishment of IIM Jammu, IIT Jammu, training to 1 lakh youth for self employment and wage employment placement linked skilled training under HIMAYAT scheme, construction of indoor and outdoor stadia in the State, enhanced rate of remuneration for SPOs, establishment of 5 IR Battalions, and undertaking the Pashmina Promotion programme.
The fourth component, for Development Projects, involves implementation of projects in tourism, agriculture, horticulture, and urban development sectors and funding for externally aided projects.
The Economic Infrastructure sector includes taking up major projects in power, road, transport and Highways, Power Development including the Srinagar-Leh 220KV Transmission line, two pilot Solar Power projects in Leh and Kargil, funds for Power Sector reforms, funds for augmentation of T&D system, preparation of DPRs and implementation of small Hydro Projects, four laning and improvement of different sections of Jammu-Srinagar Highway, five projects for improving road connectivity in the State under Bharat Mala, improving urban infrastructure in the Capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar etc.