The Planning Commission on Wednesday approved an outlay of Rs 6,600 crore for 2011-12 for Jammu and Kashmir. The allocation is 10% more than the last year.
The meeting attended by plan panel deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and chief minister Omar Abdullah also decided to allocate Rs 1,200 crore for the state under the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan. Omar said J&K would utilise the funds efficiently with the third tier of governance — the local bodies set to be in place by the year-end.
J&K proposes to spend the money with Rs 3,631 crore allocated for agriculture, rural development, irrigation etc, R2320 crore for social welfare activities and Rs 647 crore for administration purposes.
The CM hoped by next year, “the tunnel under Banihal Pass would be completed and Jammu will be connected to Kashmir.”
The two mega projects — Jammu-Srinagar rail link and four-laning of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway — were in progress, Omar added.
Change of guard?
Omar has said the demand for change of guard in the state could be an issue if the Congress leadership entertains the claims.
A section of the state Congress leaders have been demanding that chief ministership should be transferred to the Congress on rotational basis with the National Congress leader going to complete three years in December.
“The leaders are within their right to make those claims. I think it really becomes an issue if the central Congress leadership decides to do something about the demand,” he said.