LG Okays Rs. 22,126.93 Cr J&K District Capex Budget 2022-23

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‘Our Aim Is To Make Development A Powerful People's Movement’

Jammu- Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday approved Rs. 22,126.93 Cr District Capex Budget 2022-23, for the equitable development of the Union Territory.

The unprecedented district capex budget for all 20 districts, 75% higher than that of the last year , was approved during a high-level meeting, chaired by Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha here at the Civil Secretariat, an official spokesperson said.

Highlighting the key features of the budget, he said, the LG observed that the Plan has been finalized by adopting a Bottom-up approach with active involvement of Panchayats, BDCs, and DDCs.

“The key objective of District Plan is the empowerment of Panchayati Raj System and to strengthen grass root level democracy through participatory management,” Sinha said.

“In order to strengthen PRIs, Rs. 1000 Cr has been allocated for Panchayats, Rs. 200 Cr for DDCs and Rs. 71.25 Cr for BDCs,” he added.

According to the spokesperson, LG further said that with the active participation of PRIs, we were able to achieve a record-breaking milestone of completing 51,891 projects in the last F.Y.

“These achievements are unprecedented and would not have been possible without dedication and teamwork of the PRIs, officials and other stakeholders. Timely completion of target is key to transformation,” the LG said, while observing that J&K administration has made ‘Jan Bhagidari’ the cornerstone of project planning and execution process.

“For the first time, after the detailed deliberations, a plan has been prepared with collective efforts of the PRIs and the administration, aptly reflecting the developmental aspirations of our people,” Sinha said.

“Our aim is to make development a powerful people's movement. We are working to ensure people belonging to deprived section enjoy social justice, equality and the last man on the socio-economic ladder receives equal opportunity,” he added.

The LG, according to the spokesperson called upon all stakeholders to maintain the highest standards of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the District plan, besides focusing on key areas of Youth engagement; upgrading the health infrastructure & patient care system; improving quality of Education; strengthening of basic amenities; timely implementation of R&B, RDD projects which will collectively result in raising the socio-economic status of our people.

In the meeting, he said, it was informed that keeping in view the needs in the rural areas, Rs. 10914.08 Crore under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), Rs. 3814.42 Crore under MGNREGA, Rs. 1529.59 Crore under PMAY-G, Rs. 2001.12 Crore under Pardhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) and Rs. 47.53 Crore under Border Area Development Programme (BADP), have been earmarked during 2022-23.

“Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department gave details of the district-wise Capex budget via a Powerpoint presentation and explained the components of the budgets for respective districts,” the spokesperson added.

Daily Wagers To Get To Rs 300 Per Day

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday approved a hike in minimum wages of the daily wagers, including casual labourers, in all government departments from Rs 225 per day to Rs 300 per day.

The announcement was made by LG Sinha as an interim measure till the minimum wage rates are revised by the Labour and Employment Department.

Daily wagers are playing a significant role in the development of UT with exemplary commitment and dedication to work. The interim measure has been taken to benefit a sizable portion of the workforce. We are firmly committed to ensure the welfare and well-being of all daily wagers and the government will leave no stone unturned to establish principles of equality, welfare, and social justice in the governance, the Lt Governor said.

While we are fast-tracking the process on minimum wages, the interim measure reflects the UT administration's concern to make growth and progress inclusive.

Together we can confront the challenges of the future and there is no doubt that daily wagers and casual labourers will also carry forward the process of social and economic change, he added.

As the process of notifying the minimum wages by the Labour and Employment Department will take at least three months, a decision for interim measures was taken to benefit daily wagers in all government departments and those of municipalities and local bodies, officials said.

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