Corruption-free, transparent governance my priority: LG
Says J&K will be power surplus in next 4 years
Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Thursday said that corruption-free and transparent governance is the priority of the present dispensation headed by him.
He also more use of technology for quick, hassle-free services like online building permissions, clearance of contractors’ bills, and other payments.
Addressing a press conference at the Raj Bhavan here, he said that in the last two months, “several major steps have been taken up by J&K administration to empower villages and urban areas of the Union Territory, and to make government more responsive and accessible to the people.
“My first and only motto is development across 20 districts without any discrimination,” he added.
“Apart from endeavouring to universalize the centrally sponsored schemes in J&K, we have tried to give a push to the ongoing important projects of public importance benefitting common man, which had been languishing for years and some of them even for decades,” he continued.
As part of the recently concluded Back to Village programme, the LG informed that ‘Block Diwas’ was conducted at 285 different locations in which around 4.5 lakh people participated.
“During the programme, total 13675 works started after earlier phases of B2V were completed while another 5980 were taken up,” he added.
“During the programme, 4440 sports kits were distributed to ignite spark of sports in every Panchayat, 3959 dustbins were installed to promote cleanliness and 2430 families provided a house under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana,” he said.
The LG also informed that 4,25,258 domicile certificates, 45,327 category certificates, and 51,097 birth/ death/disability certificates were issued in addition to a greater number of social welfare pensions sanctioned during B2V3.
Announcing his aim of achieving public outreach in towns, strengthening of grass-root democracy, and delivering services at doorsteps of the urban population, the LG announced that the government is coming up with ‘My Town My Pride’ movement, which starts from 19th October.
“We have three main objectives – public outreach in towns, strengthening grass-root democracy, and service delivery at doorsteps. I have been pushing for on spot grievance redressal, instant delivery of services to the masses, and on-the-ground speedy execution of people-centric projects,” he said.
On languishing projects, the LG announced that 44 long-languishing projects have been completed in the month of September alone, while another 1798 projects are being expedited for completion.
“We are number-one among all the States and UTs as far as performance in PMGSY is concerned. We have already completed 1,392 kms and maximum progress was made between 1st June to 15th October. Blacktopping has been completed at the stretch of total 2,759 kms, including 1,250 kms of PMGSY roads.
“In the last two months, various steps were taken for the development of the agriculture and horticulture sectors. We are distributing free thresher to every Panchayat to ensure harvest process is not hampered. We are finalizing a proposal to provide 500 tractors to willing farmers on subsidized rates,” he said.
“We are also identifying stretches for the construction of public conveniences infrastructure in the cities, towns, and along the highways. It will have standard designs, a common theme, and common branding. We are hoping to construct about 700-800 public toilets within three months’ time.
“Historic Economic Package has been announced for the revival of the business sector in J&K,” he said.
The 5 percent interest subvention in favour of the business establishments was the main incentive extended by the administration. The government order has already been issued on 1st October, 2020 and the necessary modalities are being worked out by J&K Bank, he informed.
The list of borrowers has also been received and interest subvention is being released within a week’s time in favour of eligible investors pending since years 2014 and 2016, he said.
As far as loans for business support to fresh borrowers are concerned, loans have been sanctioned to 6998 fresh borrowers as on 12th October, 2020 and an amount of Rs 53.21 crore disbursed to 3516 youth, he said.
Under Guaranteed Emergency Credit Line (GECL0, an amount of Rs 1622.21 crores has been disbursed against 58,437 borrowers. Regarding Business Support Loan, Rs 47.90 crores against 1317 borrowers already stands disbursed, the LG informed.
“We are also giving a relief amount of Rs 1000 per month (for nine months) to performing artists and the government will spend at least Rs 1.8 crore; Rs 1000 per month to Shakarawala, workers, guides in houseboats as a relief amount and government will spend Rs 11.95 crore on this; drivers, cleaners who have moved to construction sector due to pandemic will be paid Rs 1000 per month for six months and the government will spend Rs 80 crore on this; 50 percent subsidy or Rs 5 lakh whichever is lower will be provided to the transporters for replacements of old buses. We are spending around Rs 25 crore for this relief,” said the LG.
The LG also thanked the Prime Minister for approving a special package of Rs 520 crore for UTs of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission. “It will improve the quality of life of rural households and lead to women’s empowerment to achieve the goals of Antyodaya in Jammu Kashmir,” he added.
The LG also highlighted the department-wise “achievements”.
He observed that many important health projects sanctioned as early as 2009-10 had been pending unattended. “We have tried to expedite them and the results will be available on ground for all to see.”
Speaking on the health sector, the LG said, “The work on 200 bedded district hospitals at Ganderbal and 500-bedded state-of-the-art Paediatric Hospital at Bemina, which were started in 2009 and 2012 respectively were being delayed unnecessarily. We ensured that the works on these projects are expedited and both the hospitals are set to open next month. Work on Unani Hospital Ganderbal, which was going on at snail’s pace since 2011 has been sped up and the hospital is ready to be dedicated to the public, with minor works like lift etc pending.”
The LG also said that the work is going on the projects like GMC Anantnag, GMC Baramulla, District Hospital Reasi, Lal Ded Maternity Hospital, and Bones & Joints Hospital, 100-bedded hospital at Kot Bhalwal in Jammu and Govt Ayurvedic College and Hospital Akhnoor and will be completed soon.
The LG further said that, GMC Rajouri, Doda, and Kathua are likely to be completed within the next six months.
“The work on AIIMS, Vijaypur (Samba) has been started and is set to augment the health Infrastructure of Jammu Kashmir Union Territory by August 2022,” he informed.
“I am also committed to providing quality and accessible healthcare services to the people of J&K. J&K Health Insurance scheme viz ‘Sehat’ will cover each and every citizen of this Union territory and will also cover those not included under Ayushman Bharat,” he added.
Under the power sector, the LG announced that modalities have been finalized for the upcoming 850MW new joint venture Ratle project. The project is expected to augment the existing generation capacity in the region.
“Cumulatively the upcoming power projects will generate 6298 MW at the cost of Rs 54,593 crores substantially enhancing the generation capacity in the region,” said the LG. “It has taken us 40 years to reach capacity of 3000 MW power generation. I assure that the target of next 3,000 MW will be reached within the next four years,” he said.
“All options will be explored to make Jammu Kashmir self-sufficient in power sector,” he added.
Speaking on the government’s effort under social welfare activities, the LG said “the government of J&K is making untiring efforts and special initiatives have been taken to ensure 100 percent coverage of eligible beneficiaries under 55 beneficiary-oriented flagship schemes implemented in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. All the stakeholders are being involved so that the benefits of these schemes reach to every single beneficiary.”
Stating his commitment “to push the development projects that are languishing due to a variety of reasons in J&K, various iconic projects were initiated to give a fillip to the development scenario of the Union Territory. Not just economic development, these iconic projects have their own significance and uniqueness,” said the LG.
According to the LG, a total of 270 “iconic projects” at a value of Rs 12972.12 crores are under execution in 17 districts of J&K with an average value of Rs 48.04 crore for each project. He said that most of the projects will be completed during the financial year 2021-22.
Highlighting various initiatives taken for the growth and development of the agriculture sector in J&K, the LG reiterated his commitment for working for viable, sustainable, and profitable agriculture and allied sectors. Several initiatives are being taken to promote agriculture, horticulture and also encouraging farmers for diversification.
“We wish to make our UT one of the top apple producing areas in the world. Currently, J&K contributes to 88 percent of national production of apple, 93 of walnut and almond each and 94 percent of cherry. I am also working on a plan to establish food processing units that will generate employment and lead to the overall economic growth of the region. We have also completed ‘1 District 1 Product’ survey,” the LG maintained.
A slew of major steps taken to support includes Rs 12 crore subsidy for Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage; 50 percent subsidy for high-density planting; 50 percent subsidy for mechanisation; Rs 90,000 for irrigation; Rs 2 lakh for pack house and Rs 50,000 for vermi-compost.
The LG also said that J&K is witnessing “massive” road infrastructural development. “The Government of India is giving a dedicated focus on strengthening road connectivity through some major road projects that will ultimately boost the economic growth of the UT and its people,” he said.
“The initiating of the work of Zojila Tunnel by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari ji is a historic milestone,” he added and informed that seven more tunnels are in the pipeline to strengthen the road connectivity across J&K.
“Construction of the 8450-metre-long twin-tube tunnel between Qazigund and Banihal will be completed by the coming March. 2968-metre-long 6-single tunnels road between Ramban and Banihal is due for completion in December 2021. Khilani to Kishtwar, 450 mtr long tunnel will be completed by June 2022.
“DPR for 4.5 km long Chenani to Anantnag Tunnel near Sudhmahadev is prepared and tender will be floated soon. DPRs for Rs 4600 cr worth 10.20 Km long Sinthan Pass tunnel and Rs 350 cr worth Gelani Bypass Tunnel have been finalized and Tender for Rs 5400 cr valued Chattru to Anantnag Tunnel will be floated soon as its DPR is also finalized.
“All the projects will be started in the coming year,” announced the LG.