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Rs 4,500 cr for J&K

Planning Commission earmarks Rs 4,500 crore for Jammu and Kashmir, for the next financial year, Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2008 22:43 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times

The Planning Commission on Saturday earmarked Rs 4,500 crore for Jammu and Kashmir, for the next financial year, after a meeting between the commission's deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia and chief minister Gulam Nabi Azad.

Ahluwalia said that the tourism sector was witnessing revival with 6.05 lakh tourists visiting the state in 2005 as compared to just 73,000 in 2001. The state was also asked to give more emphasis on agriculture, conservation of Dal Lake and the catchment area programme.

The commission also drew the state's attention towards shortage of human resources in the health sector and the gender gap in literacy. Improvement in processing facilities in Leh and Kargil was also suggested.

The deputy chairperson said that the growth rate was showing a positive trend. He also praised the power sector reforms. Revision of tariff after two decades and introduction of metering system were steps in the right direction, Ahluwalia said.