JAMMU: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has entrusted Administrative Secretaries with the key responsibility of bridging gaps with respective Central government departments so that projected funding under each Central flagship scheme is received well in time.
The Chief Minister said project-wise Utilization Certificates (UCs) should be submitted on time, which will pave way for speedy and effective implementation under various Centrally-sponsored Schemes (CSSs) in the state.
The Chief Minister said this while chairing the first high-level structured meeting to review progress on the implementation of Central flagship programmes.
Ministers A. R. Veeri, Ghulam Nabi Lone, Bali Baghat, Abdul Haq Khan, Dr. Haseeb A. Drabu, Naeem Akhtar, Sham Chaudhary, Asiea Naqash, Sunil Sharma, Ajay Nanda, Syed Farooq Andrabi and Priya Sethi attended the meeting.
Referring to the State’s weak resource base, the Chief Minister described the Central flagship programmes as a pivot of cooperative federalism, aimed at bringing down levels of poverty. She directed the executing agencies to ensure successful completion of all CSSs within the stipulated timelines so that people, who are the real stakeholders, get tangibly benefitted.
“In the upcoming DDB meetings, I expect feedback on success of CSSs after these were made part of Capital Expenditure Plans of each district,” she added.
Briefing the Chief Minister, the Planning Secretary said the restructuring of Central schemes has reduced the number of flagship programmes to only 30, majority of which will now be funded on a 90:10 pattern, with each scheme providing a flexi-fund component of 10 per cent. This, he said has reduced the burden on the State exchequer by Rs.134 crore.
To avail a capital component of Rs.5500 crore in 2016-17, a state share of Rs.820 crore will be required, the Chief Minister was informed.
While reviewing the status of RMSA and SSA in Education sector, the Chief Minister took a serious note of lopsided teacher-student ratio in the cities of Jammu and Srinagar. She asked the department to further rationalize, especially lecturers and masters, so that schools in other areas of the state do not suffer. “Lecturers and other category of teachers should not be concentrated in city schools alone but circulated so that their experience and knowledge benefits the students across the state,” she said, while stressing upon strict implementation of the department’s transfer policy.
The Chief Minister also stressed upon bringing more schools under the ambit of Model School Scheme, so that students are given access to tools of e-learning.
It was given out in the meeting that under PM’s Package, a funding of Rs.900 crore has been earmarked, which will be utilized for setting up 10 nursing colleges, 22 model hospitals, providing ICU in each district hospital and establishing blood banks.
The Chief Minister also obtained to-date status of works on river Jhelum under Comprehensive Plan for Flood Management costing Rs.399.29 crore as well as the strengthening of embankments of River Tawi.
Under the Prime Minister’s Package, Rs.1458 crore have been earmarked for flood management, out of which Rs.280 crore will be spent in Phase I and Rs.1178 crore in Phase II, to overcome the persistent threat posed by floods.