The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, has witnessed work progressing at a faster pace over the past few years. The present administration has renewed focus towards the development of Jammu and Kashmir to fulfil the aspirations of the people. Following an initiative taken by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, a group of central ministers visited J&K from January 18, 2020. Ministers visited every nook and corner of Jammu and Kashmir to get the feedback and know the developmental needs of the people and subsequently, Centre government made a lot of allocations to Jammu and Kashmir.
People friendly and progressive laws
To ensure, people friendly and progressive laws and at the same time to ensure justice for all sections of society, the central government ensured;
The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forests Rights) Act, 2007
The Scheduled Caste and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1954
The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Act, 1993
Prevention of atrocities against SCs and STs ensured via the application of relevant acts.
Furthermore, Rights of children and senior citizens were ensured by:
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009
• The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007
• Constitutional Amendment regarding right of children to free and compulsory education now applicable
• The Family Courts Act, 1984
Good governance in any democracy can only be ensured when there are proper laws and in the regard government ensured The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
• The Whistle Blowers Protection Act, 2014
• The Administrative Tribunal Act, 1985
To strengthen the democracy at grass root levels 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments are now applicable fully; with renewed focus on Panchayats and Urban local bodies to be empowered.
Empowering those discriminated
The government empowered the Displaced persons of PoJK (1947) and Chhamb (1965/1971) by providing Financial assistance of Rs 5.50 lakh per family under PMDP-2015 GoJK announced reservation in direct recruitment and admissions in various institutions for the residents of International Border (IB) DPs of PoJK/ Chhamb, who are mostly residents of border villages will benefit. Similarly, financial assistance of Rs. 5.50 lakh per family was also provided to West Pakistani Refugees. They are now be eligible for domicile certificate of J&K thereby opening doors to them for government jobs and all other benefits.
Benefits of reservation were extended to people of International Border Special recruitment drive in police for residents of Border areas and Special recruitment drive in police for residents of Border areas, thus benefitting 3,50000 people. Similarly, Domicile law fully covers Kashmiri Migrants for jobs, education and other benefits. Special one-time window for registration of left out Migrants for issuance of domicile certificate Second Tranche of 3000 jobs /posts under PMDP for Kashmiri Migrants to fully utilized by April, 2021 Transit accommodation in valley (6000 individual units/flats) are being built.
Hassle-free issuance of Domicile certificates
Hassle-free issuance of Domicile certificates by way of online portal, Timeline of fifteen days, Provision of appellate authority and penalty to officers for delay. So, far 41.05 lakh certificates issued including 55,931WPRs, 2754Valmikis and 789Gorkhas.
First-time Block Development Councils elections held in JK
Elections to Block Development Councils were held for the first time in the history of J&K on 24th October, 2019. 98.3% Voter Turnout was registered wherein people elected 278 DDC members 20 Chairpersons and Vice Chairpersons. J&K. Amendements to the Panchayat Act creating enabled environment for establishment of the 3rd tier of Panchayats at the district level. Historic turnout-surpassed the turnout in the last two elections both Parliament and Panchayats in 2018. Also, government announced Rs. 25.00 lakh ex-gratia cover to the family members of elected members.
Power to the People
For the first time since independence, elected grassroots representatives got formal protocol- unfurl the National Flag on Republic Day 2020. Nearly Rs 1727.50 crores devolved under MGNREGA, 14TH FC, Mid-day meals, ICDS transferred. Exposure tours and training visits were held for two delegations of 84 Sarpanches each visited YASHADA, Pune, Maharashtra in January -February 2020. Similarly, 4 delegations of a total of 150 Sarpanches visited Uttarakhand in December 2020-January, 2021; 2 delegations comprising of a total of 80 Sarpanches visited Rajasthan in the month of February 2021 and 40 BDC Chairpersons visited Kerala for in the month of February –March 2020.
Historic District level Planning Process accomplished
District plan for all 20 districts of UT of J&K was approved. Plan allocation was more than doubled, from Rs. 5136 cr in 2020-21 to Rs. 12,600 cr in 2021-22 . Plan was approved via online meeting with participation of all DDC Chairpersons, district administration and concerned departments Preparation of plan via bottom up approach-first at Panchayat level was held, then at block level, then at district level.
Back to village/ My town my pride outreach programmes
Over 20,000 developmental works were identified directly by the people More than 7,000 identified works already executed and Nearly Rs.340 crore sanctioned for youth entrepreneurs. Around 19,000 loan cases (Rs.372 crore) identified for financing during the programme whereas 15,200cases were sanctioned during the initiative.
Similarly, each Municipal Corporation, Council and Committee authorized to take up works to the tune of Rs 5.00 crore, Rs 1.00 crore and Rs 50 lakh respectively.. Over 550 number of works were identified by the ULBs for execution and 50% of these works have been completed, rest to be completed by Dec, 2021. Senior officers visited the ULBs to listen and respond to their grievances and also assisted the elected representatives to prepare Action Plan for the ULBs. The programme was successfully conducted amidst Covid-19 pandemic.
Mission Youth J&K/ MUMKIN
First of its kind initiative, Mission Youth J&K is a multi-pronged strategy which focuses on Livelihood Generation, Education and Skill Development, Counselling , Financial Assistance, Sports and Recreation. 4500 youth clubs are under the process of establishment. Similarly, customized livelihood generation scheme for youth- MUMKIN was conceived by government to act as facilitator to establish a sustainable livelihood in the transport sector with *zero margin money. The government of J&K partnered with BSE Institute, ICICI Foundation and Ashok Leyland for skill development courses Two Centres of Excellence in Automobile sector -one each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions were started. Also, day long workshop was held on 31 October 2020 at SKICC attended by top corporates, prominent intellectuals and academicians from across the country to deliberate upon the way-forward.
Sports infrastructure boost
To boost sports infrastructure, government of Union territory focused on the development of indoor sports complex in every district, Playfield in every panchayat, Floodlighting, synthetic turfing in Stadia, International level facilities in Jammu & Srinagar and more training facilities added to KISCE in Srinagar. Similarly, ‘Centre of excellence’ of water sports (Kayaking, Canoeing and Rowing) under Khelo India were established at Nehru Park, Srinagar.
Sports Projects under Jammu & Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation Limited (JKIDFC) executed 93 Projects Completed while 32 Projects to be completed by August, 2021. Under Khelo India, Athletic Track at Sports Stadium Bandipore, to be constructed at a cost Rs. 6.98 crore while Indoor Sports Hall at Shalinar Budgam to beconstructed at Cost of Rs. 4.50 Cr -
National Sporting Events to be hosted in 2021-22
• 3rd Edition of Khelo India National Winter Games at Gulmarg
• National Canoe Slalom / Polo Championship at Srinagar
• Junior National Baseball Championship at Srinagar
• North Zone Inter State Badminton Championship at Srinagar
• Sub Junior National Badminton Championship at Jammu • Federation Cup Body Building contest at Jammu
• National Junior Chess Championship at Srinagar/Jammu
• North Zone T20 Cricket Championship for Deaf at Srinagar
• National Level Ranking Tournament in Fencing at Jammu
• Junior National Gymnastic Championship at Jammu
• Federation Cup Handball Championship at Srinagar
• Federation Cup Roll Ball Championship at Jammu