Rs 75,000: Govt’s budget for new admin units

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir government has kept an adhoc budget provision of just Rs 75,000 for each of the newly created 659 administrative units in the state in its annual budget.
Creation of the units was described as the “landmark development and big achievement” of Omar Abdullah-led government. But the worthless budget kept for these units gives an impression that the government is non-serious to run them.
An official document states that an amount of Rs five crore has been allocated during the current year to establish the new administrative units in the state. The amount when divided among the units would mean  each unit receiving around Rs 75, 870.
“The Finance Department has kept an adhoc budgetary provision of Rs three crore for Revenue Department and Rs two crore for Rural Development Department under the non-plan for the next fiscal for establishment of the new administrative units,” the document says.
In the recently concluded Budget Session of the Legislative Assembly, which was the last budget session of the incumbent National Conference-Congress coalition government, Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather said they have kept an adhoc provision in the budget for the new units. The proposal is still with the Planning and Development Department and his ministry, he said.
On February 1, state Cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah gave nod for creation of the 659 new administrative units across Jammu and Kashmir.
The approved administrative units include 46 sub-divisions, 135 tehsils, 177 CD blocks and 301 naibats.
Experts have maintained that in order to create infrastructure and manpower for the newly created units, the government would require more than Rs 1500 crore and nearly 10,000 posts would be need to run these units.
However, following the announcement people from several “left out” villages and towns came out on the streets to protest the government’s ‘discriminatory approach’ while creating the new units.
The Budget Session also witnessed protests from various parties and their representatives who cried discrimination with their respective areas in the formation of the new units in the state.