Bias With Valley: Contractors Demand ‘White Paper’ on Fund Allocation


SRINAGAR:  Continuing their tirade against the state government, the Valley based contractors on Saturday demanded a ‘white paper’ on the allocation of funds for developmental works in J&K for the last five years.

The state government, according to Jammu and Kashmir Central Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCCC), has allocated crores of Rs for Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh regions for the last five financial years.

The disparity in the funds alleges JKCCCC, General Secretary, Farooq Ahmad Dar, is apparent in the fewer shares for the Kashmir Valley. “Jammu and Ladakh regions have been allocated more for developmental works, while as despite being large in population and area, Kashmir has been getting peanuts,” laments Dar.

Therefore, he adds that the government should issue a white paper and detail about the exact figures regarding the allocation for the three regions in the last five years. “Issuance of a white paper would tell that which of the three regions has been the biggest benefactor in the last five years. Besides, it would inform us that how much the Kashmir region has been getting fewer than Ladakh and Jammu,” adds Dar.

While reiterating that funds meant for developmental works in Kashmir continue to be diverted to Jammu and Ladakh regions, Dar said that some vexed elements within the state government ranks conspire with the bureaucrats from outside the state in getting this done.

“Such elements always utilize the disturbances in Kashmir to their benefit. While as the whole Valley reels on the edge, these bureaucrats waste no time in diverting the funds to other regions of the state,” alleges Dar.

Quoting the figures put forth by the state government during the summer session of the J&K Legislative Assembly Session last year, Dar said that compared to the Kashmir Valley, Rupees 60 crores more had been allocated to Jammu for the first six months of the 2012-13 fiscal.

“Rupees 106 crores were given to Kashmir Valley, while as Jammu was showered with Rupees 166 crores for developmental works during that time. Moreover, rupees 106 crores last fiscal and rupees 103 crores for 2010-11 financial year under the MGNREGA scheme were allocated for Kashmir region which is much lesser than what Jammu has been given,” accuses Dar.

While appreciating the Planning Minister Ajay Sadhotra  for sharing the concern of the valley based contractors, Dar said that the minister’s confession that delay in paying outstanding bills worth Rupees 200 crores is the prime reason for in-completion of developmental works on time is ‘commendable’ on all fronts.

“The admission of the fact about the outstanding bills has come straight from the horse’s mouth. It has very much relieved us that someone from the state government has repeated what we have been clamouring for the last many years,” Dar concluded.  

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