Miserable: Agriculture department spends only 49 percent of allocated funds

Jammu: Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Hanjoora on Friday said that the Agriculture Department has only spent 49.12 percent of its funds from all sectors and schemes in 2017-18.

In a reply to a question raised by Peoples Democratic Party leader and Legislator Noorabad, Abdul Majeed Padder, the minister said that out of Rs 16674 lakh sanctioned under the Capex budget and centrally sponsored schemes, the agriculture department has spent only Rs 8191 during the 2017-18 financial year.

He said among the Rs 420 lakhs released for Agriculture in Jammu division under the Capex budget only Rs 206 lakhs have been spent while among the Rs 420 lakh released for Agriculture department in the Kashmir division only Rs 2015 lakh have been spent.

He informed the assembly that out of the Rs 62 lakh released for the JK Sericulture, only Rs 37 lakh have been spent during 2017-18.

As per the reply, the department has also failed to spend 72 percent of the funds released under the JK Agros in the Capex budget. Among the Rs 207 lakh released just Rs 60 lakh have been spent.

Hanjoora said that the SKAUST Jammu, as well as Kashmir, have only spent 50 percent of their funds released under the Capex budget.

He said that under the National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture, a centrally sponsored scheme, the department has spent Rs 102.5 lakh out of Rs 316 lakhs released under the scheme.

He stated that under the National Mission on Oil Seeds and Oil Palms the department hasn’t spent anything out of the Rs 20 lakhs released.

He said under the Integrated scheme for Development of Sericulture Industry, the department has only spent Rs 133.70 lakhs out of Rs 608 lakh released.

He said that under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Youjna the department spent nothing out of the whopping Rs 2500 crore released under the scheme.

In the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna the department has spent Rs 931 lakh out of Rs 2248 released by the central government.

In the National Mission on Agriculture Extension and Technology, the department has spent Rs 985 lakh out of Rs 2115 released under the scheme. 



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