Jammu and Kashmir government has sought Rs 84 crore from the Centre under the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) to boost development of the state's backward districts.
"A plan of Rs 84 crore under the BRGF from current year's plan has been sent to the Centre for allocation," minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Ali Mohammad Sagar said at a meeting convened to review the physical and financial achievements of the department, yesterday.
The plan has already been approved by the State Empowered Committee under the programme recently, a government spokesman said.
It was also decided in the meeting that the state government would send a proposal of Rs 55 crore under the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhyian (RGPSA) to the Centre for release of funds for capacity building of Panchayat representatives which would help in further strengthening of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the state, he said.
Thread bare discussions were held on various issues including proper implementation and judicious use of funds under BRGF, RGPSA, Rashtriya Gram Sawaraj Yojna (RGSY) and e-Panchayat, the spokesman said.
Sagar stressed on engaging reputed NGOs for providing capacity building training to elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institution for delivery of optimum results at the grass-roots level, the spokesman added.