A liquid nitrogen plant with 21 litre/per hour capacity is being established at Zainakot. Embryo Transfer Technology laboratory is being established at Panthal for introduction of new germ plasm in sheep population.
The present incentive scheme is being re-examined to make it more vibrant and attractive. Three mega projects costing Rs 100 cr comprising of heritage tourism circuit – Naagar Nagar (Srinagar) to Watlab, Leh as a spiritual destination and conservation and restoration of Mubarak Mandi heritage at Jammu are proposed to be taken up next year. Pahalgam and Gulmarg golf courses shall be completed next year alongwith golf course at Sidrah in Jammu. Works on ropeway from Kongdori to Mary shoulder, ropeway at Mubarak Mandi and chair lift at Makhdoom Sahib are proposed to be expedited. Construction of TRC, Yatri Niwas, Club building and youth hostel at Sonamarg will also be completed next year. The project for improvement and upgradation of Raghunath bazaar has been taken in hand for completion during the next fiscal. Three circuit projects namely Lakhanpur – Sarthal – Bani – Basohli, Bhadarwah-Kishtwar- Simthan- Daksum and Rajouri-Poonch-Shopian shall be taken up during the next year.
New Industrial Estates are being developed at Chotipora in Handwara, Ashmuji in Kulgam, Vessu in Anantnag, Govindsar (phase-II) in Kathua and Industrial Growth Centre (phase-III) in Samba.
Modern Carpet looms developed by the Indian Institute of Carpet Technology (IICT) are being introduced to replace the existing traditional looms to improve productivity. A pashmina testing and quality certification centre is being set up at the Craft Development Institute at Srinagar. In order to boost the production in the handicrafts sector, a provision of Rs 10 crore is proposed on account of interest subsidy on micro-financing of this Sector. The Sericulture Department has prepared a vision document to double the cocoon production from its existing level and to promote reeling industry, weaving of silk fabric, printing and other down stream products. If required, the government shall consider a special package to promote value addition in this sector. J&K EDI in collaboration with EDI Ahmedabad has formulated a Rs 102 crore Mega Carpet Cluster Project which has been submitted to Government of India for early approval.
Handloom has been our traditional cottage industry like handicrafts. However, most of our wool production is in need of value-addition for which traditional skill is available locally. The government, accordingly proposes to provide Rs 2.50 crore to J&K Handloom Development Corporation and another Rs 2.50 crore to the Govt. Woollen Mills, Bemina to revive their activities so that our Kashmir Merino Wool is converted into yarn for production of fabrics, such as tweeds and blankets, by the handloom weavers, with the design and marketing support of the J&K Handloom Development Corporation. The Government has, separately engaged a consultant for revival of woollen industry in the State.
Under MG-NREGS, an allocation of Rs 500 crore is proposed during the next year including the State share of Rs 50 crore. This would be almost double of the amount available during the current fiscal. Indira Awas Yojana, Swarn Jayanti Grameen Swarozgar Yojna and Rural Sanitation are being properly funded to lift maximum allocations from the Centre.
New Forest Policy has been already approved by the Government. A sum of Rs 120 crore has been earmarked for comprehensive management action plan for preservation and conservation of Wular Lake. For this purpose, Rs 30 crore are proposed to be allocated during the next financial year. Eco-sustainable livelihood support programme has been taken up at Dera-Ki-Gali, bordering Rajouri and Poonch districts. A sum of Rs 11 crore is proposed as the next year’s outlay on development of fisheries which is now fast emerging as a promising commercial activity in the private sector.
Science and Technology
Health institutions numbering 69 and 121 CHCs will be provided solar power generators with an aggregate capacity of 109 KWs. Forty thousand home light systems under general category and 50,000 home light systems under remote village electrification programme are being installed during the next year. A wind power project is proposed to be developed at Bidda in district Reasi. A policy for development of micro hydel projects and solar power projects is under formulation.
In order to activate public interface with government departments, 42 G2C services from 12 departments including Revenue, Police, CAPD, Social Welfare, Agriculture, Transport and Geology & Mining are proposed to be made available by mid-2012 all over the State through Khidmat Centres under Information Technology Department. Introduction of e-tendering has been planned for early implementation in all Government Departments.