Development projects in Jammu and Kashmir to be accelerated

The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti met the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi today. The meeting was also attended by the MoS (Home) Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Chief Secretary J&K and other senior officials from MHA and State Government.

It was decided to fast track the projects under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) by making encumbrance free land available for the Infrastructure projects including Road, Power, and Health etc. Under the Prime Ministers’ Development Package for Jammu and Kashmir (Rs 80,068 Crores) for 63 major Development projects pertaining to 15 Central Government Ministries, an amount of Rs 62,599 Crores (approx. 78%) has been sanctioned and an amount of Rs 22,042 Crores (approx. 28%) has been released.

Special emphasis will be given for development of border areas (0-10 km) while selecting projects under the Border Area Development Program (BADP). It was also decided that to ensure safety of these people in Border areas, construction of Bunkers along the border will be expedited.

It was also decided to accelerate the development projects relating to additional jobs to Kashmiri Migrants, transit accommodations, transfer of cash relief/honorarium through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode and providing employment to youth of J&K.

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