NEW DELHI: The Indian Cabinet on Wednesday night discussed
and given nod to North East type package for the Union Territories of Jammu and
Kashmir and Ladakh under which some of the Central projects will get 100
percent funding and the Union Ministers or their Secretaries will tour the two
UTs once in every month to review the projects under their Ministries and
ensure their timely completion.
The Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will undergo significant transformation and will be made models of development, sources told the Excelsior. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have regularly been reviewing and taking feedback on developmental works of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
The Cabinet met in the Union capital under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and development boost for the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, which came into existence on October 31, was one of the issue of discussion, sources said, adding the Cabinet was reported to have given go ahead for North East type developmental package to the two UTs.
While the package was expected to be unveiled in next couple of days, sources said some of the Central projects would get 100 percent funding in the two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on the pattern of eight North Eastern States.
“The flagship programmes of the Central Government will get top priority in the two newly created Union Territories after bifurcation of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir,” they said.
According to them, every Union Minister or their Secretaries will tour the Union Territories quite frequently to monitor progress on developmental projects of their Ministries to ensure that they don’t miss the timelines.
Sources said the North Eastern Model of development, which was implemented by Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Jitendra Singh, who holds Independent charge of North Eastern States, was found most suitable by the Central Government for development of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, after detailed discussions.
Meanwhile, Narendra Modi on Wednesday emphasized on the need to decide on timelines to bring the backward districts up to the national average.
Chairing the 31st interaction through PRAGATI – the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, the PM also stressed that young officers must be deployed in Aspirational Districts.
Reviewing the progress of Aspirational District Programme, the Prime Minister laid stress on the importance of focussing on education and healthcare of tribal children. He also stressed that young officers must be deployed in Aspirational Districts.