Budget 2021-22: The Speech

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Jammu and Kashmir budget proposals for 2021-22 to the Lok Sabha on March 17, 2021. This was her second budget presentation. The Rs 108621 crore budget with 11 per cent debt funding element. With Rs 68,804 crore anticipated tobe spent on committed expenditures – salaries, pensions, interest payments and other dues, the proposal suggest that Rs 39,817 crore will be spent on the developmental activities. Here is the detailed speech of the Finance Minister:

Nirmala Sitharaman presented, for the second time, the budget proposals for Jammu and Kashmir to the Lok Sabha
  1. Hon ‘ble Members of the august House are aware that after creation of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir by virtue of Jammu and Kashmir Re-organization Act, 2019″ w.e.f. 31 October, 2019, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir continues to be under the President’s rule vide Gazette Notification S.0. 3937 (E), dated 31, October, 2019. The powers of the legislature of the Union Territory of J&K are exercised by or under the authority of the Parliament.
  1. The creation of UT of J&K has ushered an era of hope and positivity. The people of J&K today look forward to a future free of corruption and separatism. We now have one nation, one constitution and one law. All 890 central laws have now become applicable to J&K. Unjust and discriminatory laws have been removed. 205 state laws have been repealed and 129 laws have been modified. All sections of people in J&K can look forward to justice and fairness. Rights of weaker sections like STs, other traditional forest dwellers, Scheduled Castes and Safai Karamcharis are now ensured by application of relevant Acts. Rights of children and senior citizens are now being ensured. In order to create a just and equitable society, reservation rules have been amended to extend benefits of reservation to left out categories like Pahari speaking people and economically weaker sections. OBC reservation benefits have been increased from 2% to 4% and income ceiling has been raised from Rs. 4.50 lakh to Rs. 8 lakhs. Sections of society which have been discriminated since ages such as displaced persons of PoJK and Chhamb, West Pakistani refugees and residents of border areas have been benefited under various schemes. Special attention is being paid to Kashmiri migrants.
  1. Strengthening Gross-root Democracy: One of the landmark decisions in recent times has been democratic decentralization in the spirit of 73 and 74 Constitutional Amendment Act. The Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies elections saw a turnout of over 74% and 4103 Sarpanchs and 28942 Panches were elected. The elections to Block Development Councils (BDCs) saw a voter turnout of 98.3% and 276 BDC Chairpersons were elected. The elections to District Development Councils (DDCs) saw a voter turnout of 51.7% and saw election of 278 DDC members. The enthusiastic participation of people of J&K in DDC elections is indicative of positive changes that are beginning to take shape in J&K.
  2. Transforming Governance:
  • Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha administers Swachhta Pledge to Officers, officials of Raj Bhavan and Civil Secretariat on October 2, 2020. Pic: DIPR

    A key feature since the creation of UT has been transformation of governance that is transparent responsive and accountable. The Back to Village Programme which saw over 4000 officers spending two days including night halt in panchayats was an attempt to bring governance at the doorsteps. Rs.10 lakhs were provided to each panchayat under the programme for providing basic and other amenities in villages. Sports kits costing Rs. 20,000 each were distributed in each Gram Panchayat under Back to Village Programme and 20,000 youths were identified for bank finance to start their own venture and Rs. 241 crore have been disbursed to 15,000 youth.

  • A similar outreach programme was launched with respect to urban areas My Town My Pride. Under this programme at least 10 young men and women from each Municipality have been identified who have been provided opportunities to become entrepreneurs. These programmes have led to empowerment of people and creating a responsive administration. The unique Jan Abhiyan Initiative has helped in bringing immense accountability.
  • It is heartening to note that UT of J&K has achieved unprecedented level of transparency in financial management. The Budget Estimation, Allocation and Monitoring System (BEAMS) has been implemented by virtue of which the funds are now being released online and activity-wise. The details of all the projects and related expenses have been put in the public domain through “EMPOWERMENT” web portal, part of BEAMS, to strengthen public participation in the developmental works and scrutiny. Geo-tagged photographs are essential for payments. For online billing, JK Payment System (UK Pay Sys) has been rolled across the Union territory. Through this, it has been made sure that no funds can be withdrawn in lieu of any work without the required administrative and technical approval or of any work where tendering has not been done. Whatever works are being done through the budget of the government, now every single penny is being accounted for and it is a matter of pride that the pace of development has accelerated due to this transparent mechanism. We are confident of making UT a model of development.
  • Our Government is taking care of the needs of the people during pandemic and has remained connected to people by regular conduct of Awami Mulaqat and Public Darbars. This programme of mass participation is going on continuously as Block Diwas and under this programme the government is reaching the doorsteps of people.
  1. Accelerating Development:

(a) Under Capex Budget of 2018-19, 8106 projects were completed. During 2019-20, 10500 projects were completed. This year 16000 projects i.e. double the number of 2018-19 are going to be completed. Not only this, there is significant reduction in the cost of project completion as well despite the challenges of the pandemic.

Lt Governor Manoj Sinha conducting a whirlwind tour of Srinagar City after heavy snowfall on January 13, 2021. Pic: DIPR

Speaker Sir, we are doing everything possible to fast-track development in J&K. The Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link is expected to be completed by December, 2022. The 8.45 Km long twin-tube Qazigund Banihal tunnel is nearing completion. I would like to mention here that it has taken us 70 years to reach the capacity of 3500 MW power generation. But now by our efforts MoU has been signed for generating further 3300 MW. J&K has achieved 100% household electrification under Saubhagya Scheme and expects 1009% water connections under Jal Jeevan Mission by September, 2022. J&K UT is marching ahead with its ambition of road to every village Since the creation of UT several languishing projects that were pending for decades are getting completed and over one thousand such projects are expected for completion before end of the  year. J&K is truly moving on the path of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Aur Sabka Vishwas

  1. Towards Managing Economy and Financial Inclusion:

(a) The steps taken under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan have enabled J&K Government to deal with the pandemic and its economic fallout with great resilience. If we take SGST collections as an indicator of economic growth, it is heartening to note that SGST collections in J&K stands at Rs. 453 crore over last six months as compared to Rs. 393 crore last year over the same period. The average collection of stamp duty has also shown positive trend over the last six months. The return filing percentage in December 2020 stands at 91% against national average of 86%. There is significant increase in the MST collection as well. It shows that economy is picking up. The tourism sector has also shown signs of revival. The latest footfall figures show that tourism sector has retained its hold over visitors from the country and abroad. Against 1,88,702 visitors to Jammu in October 2020, 7,29,175 tourists visited in January 2021. 2697 visited Kashmir in October 2020 and 19102 travelled to Kashmir in January 2021. Post relaxation in covid-19 pandemic, December 2020 recorded the highest number of 13237 tourists in Kashmir, which is 39% of the total footfall in the entire year. Besides, 4,66,246 pilgrim tourists visited Jammu in the same period.

A man shows new Rs 2000 currency after exchanging old Rs 500 and 1000 denominations at Srinagar on Thursday 11 November 2016. KL Image Bilal Bahadur

(b) Speaker Sir, the Government has been taking a number of steps to infuse growth momentum in economy. The Government of J&K had announced special economic package of Rs. 1,350 crore for relief and revival of business sector affected by long years of turmoil and COVID-19 pandemic. It includes Interest subvention of 5% in case of all borrowers for six months, 50% waiver of electricity and water charges, customized Help Tourism scheme by JK Bank for financial assistance to persons associated with the Tourism sector, 80% subsidy amounting to Rs.1.80 crore for installation of the bio-digesters in the Houseboat and Payment of Rs.1,000 per month to Shikara-walas/Workers in the House boats/Tourist Guides/ Pithu-walas/ Dandi-walas/ Sledee walas/Pony & Camel-walas for 9 months. Rs.8.17 crore has been disbursed to eligible beneficiaries out of J&K Relief Fund as part of business revival package during the current pandemic through DBT mode. The Government has given special focus to financial inclusion which has helped to improve liquidity in the market. So far, interest subvention of Rs. 500 crore to around 4 lakh account holders as part or economic package has already been provided. Around 64.000 borrowers have been covered under GECL Scheme for disbursement of about Rs. 1,773 crore. In addition 11,000 street vendors have been covered under PMSVANidhi scheme with an amount of Rs.11 crore. Under Kisan Credit Card scheme around 9.80 lakh beneficiaries have been covered with a credit outstanding of approximately Rs. 5,480 crore.

(c) The economic package was well-received alongwith Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan which has helped in creating a positive sentiment in the minds of people of UT of J&K.

(d) Under Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Package 10.20 lakh beneficiaries have been covered under PM-Kisan component and an amount of around Rs. 204 crore have been credited directly into the accounts of beneficiaries. 38,000 beneficiaries have been covered under 2% interest subvention for Mudra (Shishu) Loans.

  1. Accelerating Industrial Growth in UT of J&K:

7.1 The announcement of Central Sector Scheme for Industrial Development with approved outlay of Rs. 28,400 crore has created immense hope for industrial development in J&K. The scheme incentivizes setting up of industries in relatively remote regions. While encouraging new investments, due support shall also be provided to the existing industries in J&K. Main purpose of the scheme is to generate employment which directly leads to the socio-economic development of the region. It also envisages development of Manufacturing as well as Service Sector Units in J&K. The main incentives are Capital Investment Incentive, Capital Interest subvention, GST Linked Incentive and Working Capital Interest incentive. The scheme is being implemented with the vision that industry and service-led development of J&K needs to be given a fresh thrust with emphasis on job creation of the order of 4.50 lakh people, skill development and sustainable development by attracting new investments and nurturing the existing ones. Investors from anywhere can set up their units even on private land without any undue restriction on transfer of ownership rights to such promoters. This step is a milestone in the Industrial Development in J&K.

Men at work in an industrial centre in Srinagar

7.2 With the objective of promoting investments in Jammu and Kashmir and prioritizing the focus areas for such investment, the Government of J&K has identified 14 (Fourteen) sectoral policies for attracting the investors. The sector-specific policies shall be duly supported with an adequate land bank. Our Government has re-started preparations for a business summit aimed at drawing investments into the Union Territory after the previous schedule for the meet was changed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Global Investors Summit is likely to be held in J&K during the next financial year. The summit had initially been planned for April 2020 last year.

7.3 With effect from 01-01-2020 the Toll Tax at Lakhanpur entry point has been abolished with the objective of strengthening the integration of J&K with the other regions of the country in the spirit of “one nation one market“.

  1. Economic Growth:

Taking forward all initiatives, we expect to achieve GDP conservative growth of 7.5% in 2021-22 which is our estimate given the pandemic situation.

  1. Budget 2021-22:

9.1 The budget 2021-22 for J&K shall focus on Good Governance aimed at maximum governance and minimum government, socio-economic development of the people, development of infrastructure across J&K and generation of employment which is our priority.

9.2 The budget for 2021-22 for J&K shall again cross Rs.1 lakh crore mark, an indicator or our commitment to make J&K a model of development. The total budget estimates for the fiscal is Rs.1,08,621 crore, of which developmental expenditure is of the order of Rs.39,817 crore.

9.3 The capital component of the budget has increased substantially. The expected revenue receipts are Rs. 97,141 crore whereas revenue expenditure is expected to be Rs. 68,804 crore thereby making available revenue surplus for capital expenditure to the tune of Rs. 28,337 crore.

9.4 The Capital Receipts are projected at Rs.11,480 crore and Capital Expenditure is expected to the tune of Rs.39,817 crore. 37% of the earmarked Budget shall be spent on development and infrastructure projects.

  1. Direct Benefit Transfer:

We have achieved good progress under DBT in respect of individual beneficiary schemes, besides Aadhar seeding. During the current financial year, Rs.2,070 crore have been disbursed through DBT to 88 Lakh beneficiaries. 100% saturation level is being achieved under Old Age Pension scheme and other beneficiary schemes through Direct Benefit Transfer during 2021-22. We intend to achieve 100% coverage under various scholarship schemes as well.

  1. Socio-Economic Development:

11.1. Health and wellness:

(a) J&K Government has taken due care of the well-being of the people during the Covid-19 pandemic. On 26h December, 2020 Hon’ble Prime Minister launched AB-PMJAY “SEHAT” Health Insurance Scheme in convergence with AB-PMJAY. Under this scheme all 21 lakh families of UT of J&K are covered for free medical treatment upto Rs 5 lakh per family. The scheme is not limited to government and private hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir only. Rather, treatment can be availed from thousands of hospitals empanelled under this scheme in the country. The extension of the coverage of Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY to all the residents was “historic” and indicative of resolve of Government regarding the well-being of the people of J&K.

A long line of attendants queued up to get a oxygen cylinder in the SMHS premises. The hospital’s in house oxygen manufacturing is overloaded forcing it to purchase from the industry. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

(b) 37 Oxygen Generation Plants in all Medical colleges, Associated Hospitals and District Hospitals of UT of J&K are being established to cope up with additional requirement of medical oxygen due to Covid-19 pandemic at a cost of Rs. 227.73 crore. Machinery & Equipments worth Rs.367.49 crore are being procured for health institutions through world Bank aided project. Two medicities are being established. 500 bedded paediatric hospital at a cost of Rs. 116.25 crore at Bemina, Srinagar shall be operationalized. Construction of 200 Bedded Additional Block at Lal Ded Hospital Srinagar at cost of Rs. 132.50 crore has already been undertaken. Construction of 120 Bedded Specialized Orthopedic Unit with 6 Bedded ICU at Bone and Joint Hospital Srinagar at a cost of Rs.88.94 crore is approved. Two New Medical Colleges at Udhampur and Handwara (District Kupwara) are going to be constructed at a cost of Rs.325 crore each. Two new AlIMS, one each in Jammu and Kashmir are also expected to come up in next financial year.

(c) We are going to establish two Cancer Institutes at Srinagar & Jammu at a cost of Rs.120 crore each. Institute of High Altitude Medicinal Plants in J&K at Bhaderwah with an estimated cost of Rs.100 crore shall also be established.

(d) Five Nursing Colleges are being established at Anantnag, Baramulla, Sopore, Gangyal and Kishtwar. 10 GNM Schools to the level of Nursing College are being up-graded at an estimated cost of Rs. 6 crore per college. A Modern Drug Testing Laboratory is being set up at Kathua at a cost of Rs. 34 crore.

For Health and Medical Education Sector, an allocation of about Rs.1,456 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is Rs.188 crore more than previous year’s Budget Estimates 2020-21.

11.2 Agriculture and Horticulture Sector:

(a) Jammu and Kashmir has got a historic opportunity to become a pioneer in the field of agriculture and horticulture. The government is making every effort to double the income of farmers by 2022 and special attention is being paid to both traditional agriculture and horticulture. With the collaboration of NAFED, Rs.1,700 crore will be invested to boost the production of apples, walnuts, cherries, exotic vegetable and other horticulture products over the next five years and three cold storage clusters will be setup at Kathua, North Kashmir and South Kashmir with an investment of Rs. 500 crore. Our goal is to achieve high density plantation of horticulture crops on about 5500 hectares of land which will increase the income of farmer brothers by 3 to 4 times. 120 Hectare shall be expanded under High Density Plantation in 2021-22.

Kashmiri Muslim villagers thrash paddy after a harvest in Mirgund Central Kashmir on Wednesday, October 3 2018
PHOTO BY BILAL BAHADUR

(b) We will extend all possible support for skill development and employment generation opportunities for rural youth in horticulture and post harvest management. In 2021-22, Rs.74.55 crore is provisioned as additional subsidy/support for establishing CA Stores with a target to achieve 4 LMT capacity of CA storage in next three years.

(c) During 2021-22, 7.50 lakh farmers shall be benefitted by distribution of one lakh quintal seeds with an investment of Rs. 15.50 crore. 25000 farmers shall be benefitted by covering 87750 Hectare by providing infrastructure facilities like 2500 pump sets, 750 bore wells and construction of many field channels with a provision of Rs. 91.27 crore during 2021-22. 30000 farmers to be benefitted by providing farm machinery with a provision of Rs. 65.81 crore in 2021-22. 25000 farmers shall be benefitted by establishment of two mandis with a provision of Rs.1 crore. 35000 farmers shall be trained for capacity building with a provision of Rs. 26 crore.

(d) To strengthen the farmers to meet the accreditation requirement of the Agriculture Universities through indicators like germplasm production, an amount of Rs.2.50 crore has been proposed.

(e) The production of Saffron crop is expected to further increase with assured irrigation facility.

(f) To augment the mulberry wealth under the proposed coverage of 700 Hectares, an amount of Rs.0.75 crore has been projected.

(g) For development and production/distribution of quality silkworm seed along with the infrastructure support, Rs.7.25 crore are being provisioned in the next fiscal.

(h) Export target for dry & fresh fruit for 2021-22 is expected to be 22.30 LMT (22 LMIT for fresh fruit &0.30 LMT for dry fruit).

For Agriculture and Horticulture Sectors, an allocation of about Rs.2,008 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is Rs.695 crore more than previous year’s budget allocation.

11.3 Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Sector:

(a) In next year we are expecting to generate direct employment to 2000 people besides indirect employment to hundreds with implementation of Integrated Sheep Development Scheme by establishing 2000 units with induction of 27500 sheep/goats & additional production of 5 lakh Kgs of mutton. Introduction of 4000 additional rams/bucks to an existing strength of 5000 is expected to enhance carcass yield from 18 kg to 21 kg & wool yield from 2 kg to 2.5 kg. 20000 animals shall be inducted in milk pool with full implementation of Integrated Dairy Development scheme which will potentially improve employment in the dairy sector.

Dotted Pasture: During day time entire landscape is filled with herds of sheep spread across the green turf like white dots on a canvas.

(b) Mobile Veterinary Clinics shall be operationalized to ensure doorstep delivery of veterinary health care/breeding services to progressive livestock farmers.

(c) Under J&K Poultry Policy, 2020 and Poultry Development programmes, poultry meat production is expected to increase from current 7.8 crore Kgs to 8.5 crore Kgs which has the potential for generation of employment opportunities for 30,000 people.

(d) Government shall take adequate measures for enhancing the current fish production of 21 thousand MT by further 1000 MT through implementation of various schemes. Marketing platform shall be strengthened with a provision of export of trout to other states of the country. New Interventions like Re-circulatory Aquaculture systems & Biofloc technologies shall be introduced to boost fish productions in the UT. New hatcheries are to be established & existing ones strengthened with multiple tier systems to increase the seed production for the UT & for export as well.

For Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Sectors, an allocation of about Rs. 338 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is Rs.36 crore more than previous year’s budget allocation.

11.4 Rural Economy:

(a)  Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Gramin during 2021-22 we are targeting completion of 1,17,419 houses in order to provide shelter in the form of pucca houses to the eligible rural families who are living in kutcha/dilapidated houses.

(b) 39113 candidates shall be imparted training under Himayat (DDU-GKY) scheme and 20912 candidates are expected to be placed in different jobs during 2021-22.

Panoramic view of Hurdrung Bala, one of the major Machil villages. Pic: Mahmood Ahmad

(c) 16000 Self Help Groups (SHGs) and 1600 number of Village Level Organisations shall be formed during 2021-22. 24866 SHGs shall be provided revolving fund and 46799 SHGs shall be provided community investment fund during 2021-22 under National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).

(d) On the development front we are expecting to complete 130 rural connectivity works during 2021-22.

(e) To bring good governance at the doorsteps, training to the elected representatives is necessary. It is proposed to send 700 elected representatives on exposure cum training visits in other States. 276 BDC Chairpersons, all DDC Members, 4291 Sarpanches & 40000 Panches shall be provided training and 100 new panchayat ghars shall be constructed in 2021-22.

(f)  Mobile monitoring system for on-spot capturing of attendance of MGNREGA workers through mobile application shall be introduced.

(g) Number of works to be taken-up for completion under MGNREGA is 0.60 lakh, which include 30% water conservation works and 30% individual beneficiary oriented works and 3.50 crore persondays are targeted to be generated.

For the Rural Sector, an allocation of about Rs.4,817 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is Rs.342 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

11.5 Power Sector:

(a) Under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, to bring power corporations of J&K to sustainable levels, our Government has allowed clearance of past liabilities of Rs.11025 crore. This measure is going to relieve department from the burden of liabilities and interest accruing from it and infuse new lease of life into its subsidiary companies constituted after unbundling of the Power Department.

PDD employees repairing the power supply lines. Pic: Internet

(b) Decks have been cleared for taking up new hydroelectric power projects like Kirthai-ll (930MWN), Sawalakote (1856 MW), Uri-I stage-ll (240 Mw) and Dulhasti stage- (258MW) and modalities have been finalized for 850 MW new joint venture Ratle project.

(c) Two Lakh smart meters are being installed under PMDP to be completed by June 2021 for all urban consumers to increase collection efficiency.

(d) The transformer damage rate during current harsh winter conditions especially in Kashmir has drastically reduced. To further prevent damage of the transformers, Installation of Transformer Cut outs shall be extended to all feeders during 2021-22.

(e) 24X7 e-customer care/ call-centre for grievance redressal shall also be established.

(f)  22 projects shall be completed by October, 2022 for increasing transformation capacity at Grid level.

(g) Solar plants shall be set up across the UT to promote use of renewable energy for which land has been identified in Pampore, Kalakote & Kawa for establishment of solar plants.

(h) Optical Grounded Wire (OPGW) project for setting up efficient and reliable communication is under implementation by PGCIL under PMRP scheme which shall be accomplished to establish reliable/ efficient communication between 220 kV and 132 kV Grid Stations in the entire UT.

For the Power Sector, an allocation of about Rs.2,728 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is Rs.119 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

11.6 Tourism and Culture:

(a) Revival of Tourism sector post covid-19 pandemic is our utmost priority. Government shall make every effort for promotion of tourism by vibrant campaigning and holding of national and international events. New tourism destinations shall be explored through Public and Private Investment. Water based tourism activities shall be encouraged for promotion of adventure tourism. Promotion of Golf Tourism shall be taken at higher scale by holding national and international events. World class wayside amenities and facilities shall be provided besides tourism related assets at all places shall be renovated and upgraded to increase and attract the high-end tourists.

Tourists enjoying snow scooter riding at Gulmarg on Wednesday January 1,2020.KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

(b) We shall provide special attention for smooth conduct of Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra commencing in June/July this year to enable pilgrims to pay obeisance at the holy Cave with due facilities. We are also focussing on preservation and conservation of heritage sites. Last year I had announced development of three religious circuits including one Sufi circuit which are being developed by the J&K Government.

(c) Government of J&K shall promote showcasing of its rich cultural heritage. In this regard the local film/cinema/theatre besides festival activities shall be promoted.

For Tourism and Culture sectors, an allocation of about Rs.786 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is Rs. 509 crore more than previous year’s budget allocation.

11.7 Jal Shakti Department:

  1. PHE Sector:

(a) J&K is rich in water resources. We target 100% piped water connections to each and every rural household of the UT of J&K by September, 2022 under Jal Jeevan Mission (UIM). Two districts Srinagar and Ganderbal have already been covered and 9 districts are to be covered by March, 2022 and remaining 7 districts by September, 2022. Under this programme, 3.83 lakh water connections shall be provided during 2021-22 covering 19.65 lakh population. Besides, all the uncovered schools and anganwadi centres of the UT of J&K shall be provided water connections.

(b) 410 Water Supply Schemes are being completed during the financial year 2021-22.

  1. Irrigation & Flood Control Sector:

(a) 57 Ongoing Minor Irrigation Schemes under AlBP-PMKSY shall be physically completed during 2021-22 and the Irrigation Potential of more than 0.19 lakh hectare shall be achieved.

Traditional sand diggers manually excavating sand from river Jhelum. KL Image by Mehraj Bhat
Traditional sand diggers manually excavating sand from river Jhelum. KL Image by Mehraj Bhat

(b) The devastating flood of 2014 still remains in our memories and a “Comprehensive Flood Management Plan of river Jhelum & its tributaries” is expected to get accelerated for achieving the target of enhancing the discharge capacity of river Jhelum to 60,000 cusecs from 41,000 cusecs at Sangam reference point and from 8700 cusecs to 17,000 cusecs at off-take of Padshahi Bagh, Srinagar. Work on Tawi Barrage (balance portion) and Ujh MultiPurpose Project (UMPP) is also being started.

For Jal Shakti Department, an allocation of about Rs.6,346 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is Rs.5,102 crore more than the previous years budget allocation.

11.8. Housing and Urban Development Sector:

(a) Under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), 7 projects shall be completed in the next financial year which include Panjtirthi Multi Level Parking, Sewerage Treatment of 5 Nallahs of Tawi River at Jammu, Cycle track at Srinagar, Drainage at Trikuta Nagar, Multi Level Parking at Srinagar, Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMs) phase-1l, Srinagar & Water Supply scheme, Rangil.

(b) Under Smart City Mission, 40 Projects of different sectors under convergence/PPP mode are expected to be completed during the next financial year. The main focus is to improve the quality of life of the people by way of providing WiFi facilities, Smart health centres, upgradation of historical markets, installation of vending machines, smart class rooms, electric vehicle (EV charging stations, illumination of river banks, development of cycle tracks/hawker zones, development of parking and space under flyovers.

a photograph lifted from the official facebook page of the Kashmir Tourism Department shows the historic Jamia Masjid.

(c) Under Swachh Bharat Mission (U) & Solid Waste Management, 16 new Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) with 74 MLD capacity shall be installed which will cater nearly 2 lakh households. 25 Urban

Local Bodies (ULBs) are targeted to achieve the status of ODF+ category.

(d) 100% installation of LED Street Lights shall be ensured in all the 78 ULBs.

(e) Our endeavour shall be to have 100% source segregation and Door to Door collection of waste. We will be establishing sWM Plant at Srinagar and Jammu for scientific disposal of about 850 MT of waste per day. We will establish decentralized processing units of waste management in 76 ULBs for scientific disposal of 690 MT of waste.

(f) Rs.200 crore has been earmarked in 2021-22 for rejuvenation and restoration of 9 identified polluted river stretches by CPCB on the directions of NGT. Hull based bio-digesters shall be installed in house boats, aerators also shall be installed and de-weeding machines shall be procured.

(g) Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), 25000 houses are likely to be completed in 2021-22. To identify genuine beneficiaries get the real benefits of the scheme 50,000 beneficiary houses shall be Geo-Tagged in 2021-22.

For Housing and Urban Development Sector, an allocation of about Rs. 2,710 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is RS.1,432 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

11.9 Education Sector-Building Human Capital:

(a) In 2021-22, J&K targets to increase GER (Gross Enrollment Ratio) from 83.38, 72.77, 67.76 and 53.70 at Primary, Upper Primary, High School and Higher Secondary levels to 85.00, 74.00, 69.50 and 57.00, respectively. The Dropout rate at the high school level is targeted to further reduce from 17.12 to 15.00 by March, 2022 in J&K. 723 ICT labs are being established in equal numbers of Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools at a cost of Rs.46.27 crore. 38 Girls Hostels worth Rs.114.14 crore shall be completed. 40 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidhyalya (KGBV) buildings worth Rs 43.33 crore are also to be completed.

(b) During 2021-22, 245 works shall be completed which include construction of model schools, additional classrooms, lavatory facilities, smart classrooms, 10 degree colleges shall be completed at Banihal, Kupwara, Gool, Khilotran, Mahore, Kala kote, Hadipora, Singpora (Pattan), Vilgam (Kupwara) and Paddar (Kishtwar) with construction of 108 additional classrooms in the existing degree colleges.

Lt Governor addressing first batch of MBBS students of GMC Doda

(c) Modern science laboratory blocks shall be constructed in 10 colleges.

(d) 1200 traditional classrooms shall be converted into IT enabled classrooms. Automation of libraries shall be undertaken in all the remaining degree colleges.

(e) Student’s skill centres shall be established in all the degree colleges. 10000 students shall be imparted training under Skill Enhancement Training (SET) Scheme. 382 Computer Aided Learning (CAL) centres shall be establishment in equal number of elementary schools at a cost of Rs.19.10 crore. 77 Vocational labs shall be established in equal number of High/Higher Secondary Schools at a cost of Rs.3.85 crore.

For School and Higher Education Sector, an allocation of about Rs.1,873 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is Rs.523 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

11.10 Road Connectivity:

(a) J&K Government is contemplating to launch Online Monitoring System (UKPWDOMAS) w.e.f. 1st April, 2021 in which all the activity right from preparation of DPR to final bill payment shall be done in online mode.

(b) Emphasis on quality check is mandatory to have better life and durability of the roads and bridges. Accordingly, emphasis is being laid on establishment of Quality Control Lab for every District.

(c) National level consultants shall be engaged for development of mechanism for monitoring and roll-out of 3rd party inspection system.

This is the Poonch side of the breathtaking Mughal Road as captured from Pir Ki Gali. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

(d) Under PMGSY I& I1, our efforts will be to cover road length of 4500 kms during 2021-22. We propose to connect 150 new habitations. J&K will be onboard for PMGSY III for which 1750 km road length is being sanctioned for up-gradation in 2021-22. Under PMGSY I, Core Network for connecting habitations having 250+ persons as per census 2011 are targeted to ensure 100% road connectivity in J&K by 2021-22.

(e) Overall 8000 kms of black-topping of roads is targeted to be achieved during 2021-22 under Cities & Towns/PMGSY/CRIF/NABARD.

(f) 14 bridges are targeted to be completed in 2021-22 benefitting 2.85 lakh population.

(g) Rs.100 crore has been already provided & further Rs.150 crore is being provided in 2021-22 for ensuring pothole free roads across J&K.

For the Road and Bridges Sector, an allocation of about Rs.4,089 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is Rs.467 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

11.11 Industries and Commerce:

(a) Besides new central sector scheme for industrial development announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister as already mentioned, a landmark decision, to give further boost to Industrial Sector in J&K, Rs.200 crore have been provisioned in 2021-22 for development of New Industrial Estates in UT. Government shall establish Trade Centres with outlay of Rs. 50 crore. Rs.44.80 crore has been earmarked for development of new industrial estates at Mean Charkah (Samba), Karandi, Mearth Ghatti and Sahar Logate (Kathua ) in Jammu Region.

(b) Food Parks shall be established at Sangyote near Kud, Pahlipora (Lar) and Chewa (Bandipora) during 2021-22.

Lal Chowk has been sealed and cops prevent any movement of people on Friday, August 28, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

(c) To ensure proper disposal of waste, three Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) are to be constructed in the existing industrial areas at an estimated cost of Rs.20.47 crore.

(d) Two IT towers one each at Jammu and Srinagar capital cities are likely to be completed during 2021-22 at a cost of Rs.100 crore. Besides, rural BPOs at all district headquarters are expected to be established in 2021-22.

(e) Under J&K Rural Employment Generation Programme involving Margin money of Rs.25 crore for 2021-22, employment opportunity to 7386 persons involving 1231 units is expected.

(f) I am happy to inform this august house that 456 investment proposals/MOUs have been received involving an investment of Rs.23,000 crore in various sector in J&K where investors have shown keen interest for the investments. Rs.50 crore has been provisioned for promotion of

JK Global Investors Summit including domestic /international road shows for promotion of investment in J&K.

(g) 2000 Cooperatives/ Self Help Groups shall be covered under Credit Card Scheme benefitting directly/indirectly 12000 persons. 7% interest subvention shall be provided for availing loan upto Rs. 2 lakh by artisans under Artisan Credit Card Scheme (ACC).

For the Industries and Commerce Sector, an allocation of about Rs.648 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is Rs.291 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

  1. Social Security Sector:

(a) Construction of Bal Ashram, Nari Neketan Buildings and Half Way homes are being proposed in 2021-22

(b) Daycare facilities in Anganwadi Centres shall be augmented and Common Application Software (CAS) for Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) shall be rolled out to completely digitize the existing functioning of AWCs with real-time monitoring and record maintenance.

(c) 100% coverage under 55 individual beneficiary schemes is being ensured. Special focus is being provided to border areas. 59% increase has been registered in beneficiaries under social security and pension schemes covering overall 742781 beneficiaries.

Governor meeting delegation of Anganwadi workers and helpers in Jammu on Thursday, November 08, 2018.

(d) 100 % coverage of pre-matric and post-matric scholarship to Gujjar and Bakerwal students and ST students is being ensured with 100% disbursement through DBT mode. A 100% jump from 1091 to 2136 students under SC pre-matric scholarship and increase by 127% from 26032 to 59112 under post matric scholarship has been registered.

(e) For economic upliftment of scheduled tribes, cluster tribal villages shall be developed with establishment of milk villages, libraries for Gujars/Bakarwals. The hostel facilities for Gujar, Bakarwal & ST students shall be created besides Ekalavya Model Residential Schools for ST students.

For Social Security Sector, an allocation of about Rs.174 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is Rs.59 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

  1. Relief & Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Migrants:
  2. Transit Accommodation:

Under PM Package, out of 6000 units, 1025 units of transit accommodation have already completed. The work on 1488 units of transit accommodation is being undertaken in 2021-22 besides land has been identified for another 2444 units.

  1. Employment:

Out of 6000 posts created for Kashmiri Migrants under PM Package, 3841 posts stand filled up and the remaining are being recruited.

An early last century photograph showing the Kashmiri Pandit book writers in Srinagar. Photo: Internet

III. Other Components:

The other components of the PM package like housing, employment, waiver on loans, cash assistance and free ration shall continue in 2021-22.

For above package, an allocation of about Rs. 846 crore has been made for the year 2021-22.

  1. Youth Empowerment, Employment and Entrepreneurship:

(a) Two Centres for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training (CIITS) in collaboration with Tata Technologies are being established at Govt. polytechnic Jammu and Govt. Polytechnic Baramulla for up-skilling of students of technical institutions in industry relevant courses like robotics, design engineering, electric vehicle maintenance and repair, internet of things, mechatronics and many more trades.

Cricketer Suresh Raina Accompanied with Parvez Rasool Conducts Trail event in Dooru Stadium. KL Image by Shah Hilal

(b) Youth engagement through “Mission Youth is another major initiative of the Government of J&K for their upliftment and employment. A provision of Rs. 200 crore has been made during 2021-22 for this initiative.

(c) Government is ready to provide all possible financial support to youth for undertaking self-employment through various bank sponsored schemes and youth start up schemes besides self employment through J&K Rural Employment Generation Programme and Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme.

(d) Job Portal shall be created and job fairs are going to be organized for facilitating youth in getting jobs in private sector. The Overseas Employment Corporation to assist youth in obtaining jobs abroad shall also be revitalized.

(e) 2000 unemployed youth shall be covered under Self Employment programme & Skill training shall be imparted to nearly 5000 youth, so as to make them employable in various trades/sectors.

(f) Speaker Sir, I must mention here that 12379 Gazetted and Non-Gazetted vacancies besides 10000 Class IV vacancies have been identified for accelerated recruitment drive.

  1. Sports Activities:

To keep youth engaged in sports activities, Government shall facilitate organising premier league in 4 disciplines viz football, kabbadi, volleyball and hockey with expected involvement of 8500 participants. We are committed to provide adequate opportunity to every willing youth to participate in sporting activity. People of 1&K are showing keen interest in cricket. To bring cricket players under the ambit of proper coaching and acquaint them with better techniques MOU is being signed with Mr. Suresh Raina Academy for imparting training to budding cricketers of UT

Recently winter games under Khelo India programme were organized at “Gulmarg” which exhibited large scale participation of people from national and international level. Holding of winter games to be encouraged for inviting large scale participation, which will also boost the tourism sector.

For youth empowerment, employment, entrepreneurship and sports activities, an allocation of about Rs.513 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is Rs.17 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

  1. Environment:

A large scale plantation drive shall be launched to increase the green cover by planting nearly one crore trees during 2021-22. Wular lake is the Asia’s largest fresh water lake. To protect this lake “Wular Lake Conservation and Management” action plan is under implementation for increasing the water holding capacity of the lake targeted for completion in 2021-22 at a cost of Rs.200 crore as a flood mitigation initiative. Further a provision of Rs. 25 crore has been earmarked for construction of circular road around the Wular Lake to protect it from encroachment. State of Art Jumbo Zoo is being established at Jammu.

For Forest, Ecology and Environment Sector, an allocation of about Rs. 218 crore has been made for the year 2021-22 which is Rs.3 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

  1. Science, Technology and Information Technology:

To promote the use of renewable energy, it is proposed to install 30000 solar street lights in suitable public places, roads, parks, religious places, panchayats and hospitals in 2021-22. Rooftop solar power system installation shall be encouraged and the target for 2021-22 is to achieve installation of 13.2 MW capacity. Similarly, it is also proposed to install 10000 solar water pumps for irrigation and drinking water purposes during 2021-22. In the next fiscal, two Industrial Biotechnology parks are targeted to be completed.

For Science, Technology and Information Technology Sector, an allocation of about Rs. 214 crore has been made for the year 2021-22.

  1. Supplementary Grant for the current financial year 2020-21:

(a) The original grant for the financial year 2020-21 was Rs.1,01,428 crore. During the course of the year from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 an amount of Rs. 12,002.06 crore shall be withdrawn in excess of grant under the relevant Demands out of the Consolidated Fund of Jammu and Kashmir to defray expenses on services and purposes required during the period. This had been largely necessitated due to expenses on account of clearance of power purchase liability to the extent of Rs11,025 crore, expenditure related to Panchayats/ULBs/ DDCs/BDCs elections, World Bank aided scheme for procurement of machinery and equipment for the health sector, increased allocation under PMGSY, land compensation, the additional allocation for drugs and Instruments/ Machinery and Equipment necessitated due to Covid-19 pandemic, increased allocation under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), increased allocation under social security schemes and increased allocation under Blue Revolution Scheme of Fisheries Sector.

(b) The Supplementary Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation Bill No (01) is proposed to be presented to authorize payment and appropriation of Rs.12,002.06 crore from and out of the Consolidated Fund of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir for the period w.e.f 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021.

  1. BUDGET ESTIMATES OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2021-22 FOR UNION TERRITORY OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR:

(a) The total receipts of 2021-22 are estimated at Rs.1,08,621 crore. of these, Rs.97,141 crore are revenue receipts, Rs.11,480 crore are in the form of borrowings and Rs.22,211 crore are Ways & Means Advances. The own revenues are estimated to be Rs.24,485 crore. In addition to this,

Rs.30,757 crore are to flow as central assistance to UT of J&K.

(b) Given these receipts, the total expenditure is estimated to be Rs.1,08,621 crore. Of this, capital expenditure would be Rs.39,817 crore and revenue expenditure Rs.68,804 crore.

(c) The Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation Bill No (02) is proposed to be presented to authorize payment and appropriation of Rs.1,30,832.24 crore from and out of the Consolidated Fund of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir for the period w.e.f 1st April, 2021 to 31th March, 2022.

  1. Fiscal Indicators:

(a) The tax/GDP ratio is projected at 8.10 per cent for 2021-22 which is higher than the previous year of 7.08 per cent.

(b) Debt/GDP ratio for previous years has consistently remained below 48% which is within FRBM limits.

(c) GDP growth for the year 2021-22 has been projected at Rs.2,01,054 crore which shows a growth of 7.5%.

  1. Mr Speaker Sir, with these words I present to the House the Supplementary Budget (for 1.4.2020 to 31.03.2021), and Budget for the year 2021-22 of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir for further consideration.

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