The Prime Minister was reviewing development activities in
Dr. Singh announced three cultural centres for Gujjars, Bakerwals and Paharis, computer labs in selected schools for these groups and Self-Help Groups of women belonging to Gujjar and Bakerwal communities. He also announced additional allocation from Union Ministry of Tribal Welfare for local community based volunteers scheme for delivery of Health and Education to nomadic groups.
The Prime Minister assured to look into a suitable mechanism through dialogue process to financially support the State Government for implementation of 6th Pay Commission recommendations in regard to payment of arrears. However, he expressed disappointment that a section of the State Government employees respond to strike calls by separatist groups and fail to discharge their duties in the service of the people of the State and hoped that all public servants shall discharge their public obligations in most sincere and dedicated manner as expected from a public servant.
“Central Government will do all to support the State in its development process”, the Prime Minister told Omar adding that “it is heartening to note that the State Government has gone in for tariff-based bids even for hydro projects.
In what can be termed as path breaking best practice, the Chief Minister himself made a comprehensive power point presentation to the Prime Minister covering all key sectors. He highlighted critical gaps in infrastructure, emerging challenge in the delivery of public service and road map for putting in place unprecedented reforms in the power and urban development sectors.
The meeting was attended by the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister for Health, Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, the cabinet Ministers, A.R. Rather, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Nawang Rizgin Jora, S.S. Slathia, Sham Lal Sharma, Qamar Ali Akhoon, R.S. Chib, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Ms. Sakina Itoo, Raman Bhalla, G.M. Saroori, Abdul Gani Malik, Aga Ruhullah, Ministers of the State, Aijaz Ahmad Khan, Dr. Manohar Lal, Nasir Aslam Wani, Javid Ahmad Dar and Advisors to the Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul and Devender Singh Rana.
The Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, T.K. A. Nair, National Security Advisor, Shiv Shanker Menon, Media Advisor to PM, Harish Khare and Joint Secretary in the PMO, Sanjay Mitra, were also present in the meeting.
The Chief Secretary, S.S. Kapur led the high level State officers team in the meeting comprising of Financial Commissioners, Director General Police, Principal Secretaries and Commissioners/Secretaries of various departments.
Welcoming the Prime Minister and lauding him and UPA Chairperson s. Sonia Gandhi for their positive support to the State for its faster socio-economic development, Omar mentioned Rs. 3000 crore for Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Programme and 13th Finance Commission award of Rs. 40557 crore almost double of Rs. 20880 crore given by the previous commission.
On development initiatives, the Chief Minister referred to Sher-i-Kashmir Employment Welfare Programme for youth, J&K Right to Information Act, 2009, Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell, reconstitution of Accountability Commission, constitution of Kissan Board, reenergizing of State Women Commission, new Pension Scheme, settlement of 21217 cases through 551 mega and 216 other lok adalats, commitment of the Government for holding Local Body and Panchayat elections and Letter of Intent for 690 MW rattle Hydroelectric Project on tariff based bidding.
The Chief Minister said that the State registered highest ever plan expenditure of Rs. 5281 crore in 2009-10. He said that high level of expenditure of Rs. 732.47. crores has been achieved under PP last year. He said record high provision of Rs. 643 crore has been committed as State share for Central schemes and schemes worth Rs. 700 crores have been implemented under projectized mode. He said that third party independent monitoring by NABCONS for 154 projects worth Rs. 700 crores has been initiated.
The Chief Minister also mentioned reforms and improvement measures put in place by the State in power sector. “We are grateful for the Central assistance for the completion of 450 MWs Baglihar Hydro Electric project-1 and expect similar assistance from the centre to the tune of Rs. 1100 crore as special central assistance for Baglihar-II”, he said and urged for Rs. 2800 crore central assistance on account of joint venture projects with NHPC/PTC.
The Chief Minister also referred to the measures relating to improvement and upgradation of transmission and distribution system adding that the State seeks Rs. 5851 crore central assistance for the turnaround project report submitted by the Tata Energy Resources Institute, New Delhi (TERI) for power sector reforms in the State.
The Chief Minister also highlighted the achievements registered in new and renewable energy, health, education, urban development and environment sectors.
The Chief Sectary, S.S. Kapur presented the vote of thanks. He expressed thanks to the Prime Minister, the Union Ministers and the Central team on behalf of the administration and said that administration has been fully geared to render best service for the implementation of development schemes in the State.
The Minister for Rural Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar, the Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora, the Minister for Health, Sham Lal Sharma, the Minister for CAPD, Qamar Ali Akhoon, the Minister for Medical Education, R.S. Chib, the Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir, the Minister for Revenue, Raman Bhalla, the Minister for Social Welfare, Ms. Sakina Itoo, the Minister for R&B, G.M. Saroori, the Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik, the Minister of State for Hajj, Aijaz Ahmad, the Minister of State Education, Dr. Manohar Lal and the Minister of State for Power, Shabir Ahmad also spoke in the meeting.