Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday accused the previous regime of emptying coffers of the state and urged the Centre not to allow the NITI Ayog to change the 90% grant and 10% loans system of funding for Jammu and Kashmir.
"With NITI Aayog revising funding norms under central schemes, I will continue to insist upon 90:10 dispensation with central government for overcoming huge locational disadvantage, coupled with difficult security scenario that the state has countenanced over the past 25 years," said the Mufti while addressing a public gathering in central Kashmir's Budgam district.
The state government claims to face debt of around Rs 9,000 crore in terms of pending bills and ongoing works.
The chief minister, on the occasion, inaugurated a three-day public information campaign on generating awareness about the centrally-sponsored schemes. He called upon the Centre to forge a better match between schemes and needs of the states.
"We cannot ignore the role of central schemes like PMGSY and NRHM in ushering in an era of rapid development, in particular in remote and far-flung areas," he said.
In an oblique reference to opposition National Conference, Mufti said those who were at the helm of affairs for years together are expecting results from the government which has been in power for only 100 days.
"The previous regime has left us scratching bottoms of empty coffers. In 2002, when we took over reins from a similar government, we succeeded in bringing the state out of darkness and restoring people's confidence by providing a corruption-free administration," he claimed.
Promising to make Jammu and Kashmir hub of educational excellence, the chief minister linked quality of education with generation of ample opportunities of employment. "Intelligence is in our gene. We will channelise it to bring Jammu and Kashmir on top," he said.
He also appreciated the efforts of the education department in revitalising the sector and urged upon the government schools to improve the standards of education.
Assuring to people improved conditions of all major and inter-district roads, the chief minister said he has issued directions to the public works minister to ensure quality of work by making it binding on contractors to maintain roads for three years.