NEW DELHI: Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai on Thursday met India’s Agriculture Secretary, S K Pattnayak here and discussed the progress of various GoI-sponsored schemes in the state.
During the meeting, all flagship programmes like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY), Mission For Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), Saffron Mission, Prime Minister’s Development Programme (PMDP), etc. came up for discussion. It was agreed in the meeting that the state government will send utilisation certificates and detailed proposals to the ministry to enable release of pending allocations from the ministry under all these schemes, an official handout read.
The agriculture secretary assured all support to the state government in the implementation of these programmes.
The state government officers apprised the secretary of the difficulties being faced on the ground in timely execution of the schemes and the need for early release under these schemes in view of the ‘limited working season’ in most parts of the state, read the handout.
The ministry, agreeing to the observations of the advisor and the state officers agreed to the release of ‘held up’ installments.
Sharing the expertise of ICAR and strengthening academic and research activities at the SKUAST-J/K were also agreed during the meeting. It was also felt that the ministry shall authorise a certain percentage of funds under all the schemes for the universities for research and academic support.
The meeting also discussed setting up of cold storage facility in Ladakh region and use of solar energy in the region, it added.