Govt clueless about expenses on new administrative units

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday seemed clueless about the expenses that the newly created administrative units would incur.
“The budget for the creation of new administrative units is an adhoc provision. I will put it in the budget later,” Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather told reporters outside of legislative Assembly after presenting sixth budget of the present Omar Abdullah led coalition government.
Rather also said that he directed Finance and Planning departments to roll out the detailed proposal so that infrastructure for the newly created administrative units would be set up and annual salary bills will be formed for the work force.
The state government recently formed 659 new administrative units and it is estimated that the annual cost may go as high as Rs 1,500 crore and the infrastructure which would be required to set up these new units is still unknown and is not clear as the state government has maintained its silence, thus far, over the costs in their infrastructure formation.