ASSEMBLY DAY-2: ‘No fresh plans in consideration for VSA, CDF’

SRINAGAR: State has no immediate plans under consideration regarding the Voluntary Service Allowance (VSA) being provided to unemployed, educated youths.
“The government, by way of financial support, provides a monthly VSA under different slabs to all unemployed, for three years to educated youths (who) have an educational qualification of matriculation (or) above and are within the age-group of 26 to 37 years,” Minister for Finance Dr Haseeb Drabu informed the House Thursday. He was replying to a question by Mohammad Akbar Lone.
“In this regard, no fresh proposal is presently under consideration of the government,” Drabu said.
In reply to another question by Vikar Rasool, the Finance Minister said, “There is no proposal to increase the allocation of funds under BAD Pocket Scheme for the development of backward regions of the state.”
Her also stated that the entitlement under CDF has been enhanced during 2012-13 from Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.50 crore per annum, and that “there is no proposal for its further enhancement”.
The Minister also informed the House about the status of decision taken in District Development Board meetings in Ramban.
Legislators Nazir Ahmed Gurezi, Asgar Karbalai, G M Saroori raised the demanded the enhancement of BAD Pocket Funds and inclusion of all backward areas under BP Scheme.