LG: Manoj Sinha Immediate goal is to accelerate the pace of economic development in J&K

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, on behalf of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for a landmark Rs 1,12,950 crore for the year 2022-2023.

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Speaking to the media during a press conference at the Convention Center, Lt Governor said the expected budget reflects the needs and aspirations of the people of J&K and the UT Management’s commitment to peace, progress and prosperity.

      "The immediate goal is to accelerate JT K's UT economic development and make it multidimensional," said Lt Governor.

      The 2022-23 budget is primarily a “Growth-focused” budget and is in line with the UT Government's efforts to double its economy over the next few years, said Lt Governor.

      The budget aims for inclusive development in Jammu and Kashmir and provides resources to realize the vision of improved and effective Jammu and Kashmir, he added.

      Lt Governor spoke on the subsequent budget and highlighted key elements of the 2022-23 budget.

LG: Manoj Sinha Immediate goal is to accelerate the pace of economic development in J&K

Good Governance, Agriculture and Agriculture, Energy Sector, Rural Development, Strengthening Grass Democracy, Investment Promotion and Industrial Growth, Infrastructure Development, Communication Development, Increasing Community Inclusion, Har Ghar Nal se Jal, Education, Youth, Tourism, and Tourism and Health Education remains the focus areas for the 2022-23 budget.

The allocation of Rs 1313 crore to the Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies is aimed at strengthening democratic set-up at the UT level. Rs 200 crore has been set aside as 20 Regional Development Councils Development Fund (Rs 10 crore per DDC) and Rs 71.25 crore in Block Development Councils (Rs 25 lakh each). In addition, Rs 357 million has been set aside for the management of Solid Waste and two Municipal companies and other ULBs.

A maximum of Rs 9,289.15 has been allocated to the Jal Shakti Department this year. Rs 7750 crore stored under Jal Jeevan Mission to achieve the goal of 100% water supply for each household. Apart from this, 43 irrigation schemes are planned to be completed this year under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana and 28,000 hectares of irrigation capacity will be built / strengthened between 2022-23.

LG: Manoj Sinha Immediate goal is to accelerate the pace of economic development in J&K

This year, Rs 2,835 has been allocated to the agricultural sector and Rs 646 crore has been allocated to agriculture. The budget aims to double the farmers’ income in a planned manner. The strategy is to focus on the cultivation of the most productive / overcrowded crops, the use of modern technology and many other methods. 9 lakh farmers benefit from the distribution of High Yield / Hybrid varieties. Provision of 400 hectares spread under the closest apple orchard and 1000 hectares under the tropical orchard has also been budgeted for.

The allocation of Rs 391.90 crore in the livestock, sheep and fisheries sector will help achieve our goal of establishing an additional 2,000 dairy units in the Union area which provides direct employment to 5,000 people.

This year’s allocation of R5,443 billion in rural areas will be a major boost to our Rural and Economic Development efforts. Under MGNREGA, 426 lakh people will be held and more than 14,000 youth will be trained under the Rural Skills Development Program.

The target is set for the construction of 54,000 houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana between 2022-23. We also aim to add another 21,994 Self-Help Groups to our existing census. Dedicated focus is provided to connect all Gram Panchayat with the internet. Under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, 1500 selected community representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institutions will be sent to visit outside Jammu and Kashmir.

LG: Manoj Sinha Immediate goal is to accelerate the pace of economic development in J&K

Communication is an important and vital part of all J & K’s UT development. Unprecedented progress has been made in the last two years in this regard. The allocation of up to Rs 6296 crore is intended to strengthen the road and bridge network in Jammu and Kashmir.

There are four major National Highway projects namely; Jammu-Akhnoor Road, Chenani-Sudhmahadev Road, Baramulla-Gulmarg Road and Semi-ring Road Jammu will be completed in 2022. The implementation of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway project is also underway, with the exception of 10 new UT roads / tunnel projects under the Bharatmala project. A total of 6000 Km of black roads will be available in 2022-23 under different sections.

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In the electricity sector, 8,768 million has been budgeted for this year. Over the past year and a half, significant steps have been taken to strengthen power generation and infrastructure. We are working hard to achieve the target of 3500 MW of electricity generation in three years and this will be tripled in 7 years. The Central Government has also approved a Rs 11,000 crore Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) project aimed at improving the UT’s energy system and providing quality power to the people of J&K. In this financial year, 3 lakh smart meters will be installed each in Jammu and Srinagar to ensure reliable energy supply.

The Union Government has given special attention

With regard to the Health sector, the Union Government has set aside Rs 7,873 crore which will go a long way in expanding quality medical facilities to the people of UT. The coverage of AB-PMJAY coverage will be accelerated to include all J&K residents. Efforts will be made to launch the first MBBS Class Group at the new Medical Colleges in Handwara Kupwara and Udhampur, raising the total number of meals to 1300 MBBS seats at J&K. Completion of seven nursing colleges is also targeted for 2022-23.

The Union Government has given special attention

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