The Jammu and Kashmir government has undertaken a holistic approach for all-around human development in the union territory covering crucial sectors like education, healthcare, employment generation, tourism, industrial growth among others. During the past few years, the union territory has been marching on the path of the development as result of government’s initiative which include various developmental schemes focussing on individual beneficiaries and reviving long pending projects by ensuring effective and transparent administration.
Free and universal health insurance Scheme/ SEHAT
The government extended coverage to all the residents of the Union Territory Health Insurance. The first of its kind in the Country, the scheme covers uptoRs 5.00 lakh per family on floater basis for all. Scheme was launched by Prime Minister on December 26 , 2020 and Operational extension of PM-JAY to nearly 15 lakh additional families over and above the 5.97 lakh families was already covered under AB-PMJAY.
For giving fillip to health infrastructure, one of the highest budget allocation for health sector (5%), in India. J&K scored 70 points in SDG Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being) in 2020-21 with an increase of 8 points, Rated as Front Runner. With a view to build world class infrastructure, new infrastructure worth Rs 7500 crores is coming up in Jammu and Kashmir which include 2 New AIIMS, 7 New Medical Colleges, 5 New Nursing Colleges, 2 State Cancer Institute , Bone & Joint Hospital at Bakshi Nagar Jammu. When it comes to medical education, 1617 new seats were added to existing quota; MBBS seats increased from 500 to 1100, 17 PG seats ,111 more MBBS/BDS seats 50 PG seats under EWS, 14 Dental PG seats, 225 DNB seats in 16 disciplines, 600 paramedical seats in 9 courses.
Fight against Covid
With regard to fight against Covid, by end of July 2021, UT of J&K would have a total capacity of 86732 lpm (with the commission of 84 plants). More than 85000 Covid Management Kits provided to Covid Positive patients. Two 500 bed hospitals setup by DRDO in Jammu and Srinagar. 85% of Healthcare Workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs), 84.46% of 45 +age group vaccinated with first dose. 100% vaccination of 1st dose (45+ years) in 9 Districts, Shopian, Ganderbal, Jammu, Samba, Rajouri, Budgam, Baramullah, Poonch and Bandipora Vaccination for 18+ age group started, Weyan Village in Bandipore first village in the country vaccinated fully Covid Care Centres functional in all 4,291 Panchayats of UT. J&K is one of the leading states/UTs in Covid-19 vaccination coverage. More than 44.5 lakh vaccines administered so far.
A relief package of nearly ` 1353 crores announced for Construction Workers, Houseboat and Shikarawalas, Tourist Guides, Ponywallas, Palkiwalas, Pithus, Street Vendors, Women entrepreneurs and Self Help Groups. Assistance of ` 1000 per month for four months to more than 1.7 lakh workers , Over 70,000 destitute, Slum Dwellers, Migrant Labourers provided with ration and other necessities , 183 crores released to MGNREGA workers electronically through DBT, 50% subsidy of Rs5.00 lakh provided to the transports for replacement of old buses, 80% subsidy amounting to Rs 1.80 crore for installation of bio-digesters in the houseboats.
National Education Policy (NEP)-2020
Task Force constituted by School Education Department for implementation and submission of roadmap along with major milestone and timeline by August, 2021. Operationalization of JK SCERT on pattern of NCERT to monitor academic activities of JKUT; with introduction of mother tongue as part of NEP at primary level.
J&K to start 50 New Colleges, adds 20,000 additional college seats in one year alone which is largest Single addition in last 70 years. 38000 Teachers Regularised Transparent transfers and postings done via online applications -for the first time with the satisfacion of more than 95% while Student Health Card Scheme Launched 12 Lakh Cards issued for the ?rst time. Similarly, First ever rationalisation exercise carried out in 142 Higher Education Institutions to bring Teacher- Student ratio in accordance with UGC norms.
In accelerated recruitment drive Phase I: 18,800 posts were advertised by SSB , Written test conducted for 12500 posts , 889 people recruited and document verification of 8575 Class IV vacancies is under process. Similarly, in sccelerated recruitment drive Phase II: 15,260 vacancies identified , (1531 Gazetted, 13,735 Non Gazetted) , 1253 posts advertised by JKPSC –written test conducted for 998 (843 selections made). Meanwhile, 1997 posts of Kashmiri Pandits under PMDP -result declared, document verification is going on. Over 35,000 Ret/rret were regularised while probation period for existing employees reduced from 5 to 2 years.
Launched on 29th June, 2021, ‘Hausla’ is an event which paves a way to give wings to women entrepreneurs of J&K to fly higher and make their own identity in the field of business and with the objective of exploiting their potential and enable them for wider outreach and visibility of their products and services.
The aim of the scheme was to create a channel for educated women to explore their potential and subsequently channelize their business acumen, Overcome challenges related to finances, legal, societal biases by focusing on their innate potential, Knowledge about promotion policies of Governments for women entrepreneurs and providing access to Credit and Financial Services, access to enterprise education and training with focus on business development and business information and access to women enterprise networks, associations, business premises and market linkages. Under, J&K Rural Livelihood Mission 405226 Women Federated into 46720 Self Help Groups 910 .91 Cr availed by SHGs from Mission as capitalization and as a Bank Credit while focus on capacity building, Livelihood Promotion, through convergence, and women enterprise Planning.
Market Intervention Scheme
To protect Apple Economy, a first of its kind price support based Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) was launched. The scheme envisaged procurement of Apple from 5 designated mandis by NAFED at pre-fixed support prices , by providing a fall back mechanism, it ensured apple harvest, transportation continued unhindered . Apple is a `8,000 crore economic activity in J&K while nearly 30 lakh people are directly or indirectly associated with it. The procuring agency was responsible for transportation and helped to ensure that no farmer would have to make a distress sale of the crop.
With regard to doubling farmers’ incomes in J&K , branding local produce as geographically indicated distinct identity and global marketing , Credit flow to farmers to grow by 2.5 times., Loan to be disbursed in 15 days, To achieve a target of one million active PM Kisan accounts , Substantial increase in farmers credit facility, 100% Coverage of Kisan Credit Cards., High density Apple plantation area increased from 150 ha in 2019-20 to 300 ha in 2020-21 , Milk production capacity increased from 20000 mt to 24000 mt , Airlifting and export of cherries initiated and Implementing One District One Product (ODOP) scheme.
Tourism Sector identified as priority sector for vaccination
80% of tourism service providers vaccinated.
One of the highest footfall of tourists in J&K between Nov 2020 to April, 2021 (Threefold jump from 36728 in Nov 19- March 2020 to 113010 tourists in Nov 20 to March 21)
Film policy ready to be announced. Shivratri festival celeberated in Jammu in March 2021.
Spring celebrations at Srinagar’s famous Badamwari garden on 20th March 2021.
A musical event titled “Fulkari” Organised on 27th March at Mansar and 28th March 2021 in Jammu city.
‘Chenab’ Tulip festival held at Jammu in March, 2021 Tulip festival and Wazwan festival at Srinagar’s famous tulip garden organised on 4th April 2021.
An event titled “Tapping the Tourism potential of Kashmir Another day in Paradise” jointly organised by Ministry of Tourism GOI, Department of Tourism J&K and FICCI in Srinagar from 12th to 13th April 2021.
Foundation of Tirupati Temple laid in Jammu in June, 2021
Sufi festivals calendar throughout the year to be organized to promote Sufi culture
Leasing pony land to use for big projects like Disney land
Furthermore, MoU between Floriculture Department and JSW for restoration and conservation of Mughal Garden Nishat and Mughal Garden Shalimar signed in July 2021 Development of Bhour Camp Garden -Phase I (235 Kanals) approved under Languishing Projects at a cost of Rs.10 Crore to be completed by August, 2021.
Aim to support governance via paperless office management to ensure transparent, efficient and accountable administration, for the fist time in J&K’s history, 150 year old Darbar Move done away with. The officials moved from Jammu to Srinagar in May 2021, without the entire entourage of hundreds of trucks. Both the Secretariats, in Jammu as well as in Srinagar, for the first time, have become efficiently functional as e-files are accessible to all irrespective of the location of the officials Savings of around Rs. 400 crore annually. To ensure accountability in the implementation of the projects, Government has made 100% physical verification of the projects mandatory. Meanwhile, JKPaySys has been developed as an Online Billing System and adopted across the UT. This innovation has led to better public service delivery and redressal of grievance in line with the digital India Programme. While, Budget Estimation Allocation Monitoring System (BEAMS) has been created to ensure that funds are being released online and expenditure monitored on real-time basis. The J&K Government has completely shifted to paperless budgeting with the introduction of this system
Sustainable Development Goals
Six indicators including percentage of population living below the national poverty line . J&K scored 69 points with an increase of 11 points -Categorized as Front Runner
Seven indicators like percentage of beneficiaries covered under National Food Security Act and percentage of children under five years who are underweight . J&K scored 71 points with an increase of 16 points and Rated as Front Runner.
Good Health and Well-Being
Nine indicators like Maternal Mortality Rate. J&K scored 70 points with an increase of 8 points . J&K bagged position in the category of "front runners" as compared to the category of "Performers" in 2019-20.
Clean Water and Sanitation
Main indicators are percentage of rural population getting safe and adequate drinking water within the premises through pipe water supply and percentage of individual household toilets constructed against the target
J&K scored 88 points with an increase of 3 points • Categorized as Front Runner