Autonomous model of growth and development in J&K
New Delhi / Srinagar, December 31 (IANS): Development work in Jammu and Kashmir raises the bar for effective engineering, good governance and a pluralistic but united approach to growth in the country. The Union territory is progressing in silence under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi to transform JKUT into a smart city with a boost on its culture and tradition. The Center is building a highly self-sufficient model demanding responsibility and accountability from people for jobs and growth.
With an open door policy on grievances and comments, a transparent management system is being put in place. Transparent governance through an âempowermentâ portal that allows for monitoring and public overview of work in progress and resources is another government initiative. Citizens can consult online the details of the development work carried out in their region, share their comments and suggestions. 32,889 works costing Rs 9,757 crore are currently available online. Youth are mobilized to engage in the greatest era of development. A few of these flagship projects are detailed below.
Major consumer services such as electricity and water bills can be paid online, allowing freedom of time and place. The Department of Housing and Urbanism has also moved its database online with a response time of 21 days for building permits, among other services. The website shares all its master plans, services, emergency contact list to allow maximum public awareness and participation.
In Jammu, the Tawi River Front development project was sanctioned. The project is based on the well-received model of the Sabarmati river front to give an aesthetic appearance to Tawi. 3.5 km of trails along the river are being built for public access. Currently, Phase 1 of the project costs Rs 194 crore and will take around a year and a half to complete.
JKUT’s dream project, “A Road to Every Village”, broke the country’s record by achieving the longest road length ever under PMGSY in 2020-21 – construction of 3,167 km of roads and coating of 5,500 km of roads. The Ministry of Transport has focused particularly on improving roads with tourist potential.
The development of energy in UT has a distinguished history. Recently, hydroelectric projects with a capacity of 3,000 megawatts (MW) of Rs 22,315 crore have been relaunched and accelerated. Memorandums of understanding for projects worth Rs 29,600 crore with a capacity of 3,284 MW have been signed. In addition, 5,000 crore rupees are being invested in strengthening the electricity distribution system. Unsurprisingly, electricity production capacity should double in 3 years!
In the area of ââindustry development, the government is implementing a new central sector program in the J&K. The program offers four incentives: Capital Investment Incentive, Capital Interest Subsidy, Goods and Services Tax (GSTLI) Incentive, and Working Capital Interest Subsidy. A total expenditure of Rs 28,400 crore has been allocated to revive old industries. Under this program, the Rajbagh (Srinagar) silk factory was upgraded to Rs 23 crore and the famous Bemina Woolen Mills was upgraded at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore.
As part of the SEHAT-PMJAY (Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana) program to provide free insurance coverage of up to 5 lakh per family to all residents of JKUT, world-class health infrastructure is being developed. ongoing in the region. So far 55.56 lakh recipients have registered. The government has pledged to spend 7,177 crore rupees, the country’s highest budget allocation for health, to strengthen the health sector and make health care affordable and accessible to all.
Under the Saksham program, financial assistance is given to families who have lost their breadwinner due to the coronavirus. In addition, the program also offers special annual scholarships, at the rate of Rs 20,000 and Rs 40,000 to school and university children who have lost their guardians. With the arrival of 2 new AIIMS, 7 new medical colleges, 10 new nursing colleges and 2 new state cancer institutes, a paradigm shift is observed in UT’s healthcare sector.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha called for a massive strengthening of infrastructure for the sports ecosystem. The works for the indoor sports complex in each district, the playing field in each panchayat, the lighting of the projectors, the synthetic turf in the stadiums and the facilities of international level have started. Projects for synthetic turf for hockey in KK Hakku stadium (Jammu) worth Rs 5.5 crore, synthetic turf playing field for hockey (Srinagar) and artificial turf for rugby (Rs 5 crore) have been approved. 1.26 lakh of young people are to receive professional sports training in the coming year. Recognizing the sporting potential of UT, the Prime Minister sanctioned Rs 200 crore as part of the Prime Minister’s development program for the modernization of sports infrastructure and the recognition of potential talents in children.
Under the âBack to Villageâ outreach program, the government has a mission of âequitable developmentâ, ensuring that development initiatives are based on feedback and cooperation, with a results-based approach in rural areas through community participation. Three banks have sanctioned loans of Rs 270 crore in 16,299 cases for self-employment. The Tejaswini program was launched to empower women with financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh for the creation of paid self-employment businesses.
To ensure transparency and accountability in budgets and spending, as well as planning and execution, information is uploaded to online portals open for public scrutiny. In the two years since the Section 370 bottlenecks were removed, J&K is witnessing a new dawn. JKUT defines itself as a starving and untapped economy, finally entering the playing field with the rest of the nation.