SRINAGAR: Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Jammu and Kashmir budget in the Lok Sabha on March 13, 2023. It was her fourth consecutive budget estimate that she presented in the parliament after Jammu and Kashmir was sliced into two federally governed Union Territories.

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Here is the full text of the speech Ms Sitharaman made:

Nirmala Sitharaman

Mr Speaker Sir,

The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed unprecedented level of development in various sectors since historic changes in August 2019. The people of Jammu and Kashmir not only welcomed but have embraced these changes with open heart. The law and order situation has improved appreciably. Pace of development in all critical sectors such as power, tourism, road connectivity, urban sector, health, sports, water and rural development etc., is remarkable.

Jammu and Kashmir has entered the Amrit Kaal with the aim of a fear-free, corruption-free, drug-free and employment-rich Jammu and Kashmir inspired by Panch Pran i.e Goal of developed India, Remove any trace of colonial mindset, Take pride in our roots, Unity and Sense of duty among the citizens.

The Jammu and Kashmir has been among top performers in the country for implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Amrit Sarovar, SVAMITVA Scheme, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Nasha Mukt Abhiyan and Renewable Energy Development. Besides, Jammu and Kashmir is among top performers in Agriculture Income, Ease of Living, Ease of Doing Business, Transparency, Sustainable Development Goals and One Nation One Ration Card.

Jammu and Kashmir leads the nation under various health parameters like Neo-natal Mortality Rate, Infant Mortality Rate, Sex ratio at birth, Institutional births and percentage of fully immunized children.

Jammu and Kashmir has achieved 100 per cent saturation in schemes like Saubhagya, Ujjwala, Ujala, Old Age/Widow and Disability Pension Scheme, SC/ST/Minority, Pre-Matric and Post-Matric Scholarship Schemes, Poshan Tracker, Poshan Vatikas, Prime Minister’s Matru Vandana Yojana, Kisan Credit Card Scheme, Swachh Bharat Mission, Drinking Water, Play field and Youth Clubs, PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Soil Health Card and Public Distribution System. Besides, under JJM, 99.94 per cent population has been provided with piped water and 57.84 per cent individual households have tap connections. Under LPG-DBT (PAHAL) 31.77 lakh beneficiaries have been covered. Milk production has reached highest ever 2594 Thousand Metric Tons.

Under the initiative My Youth My Pride, Har Din Khel Har Ek Kay Liye Khel nearly 50 lakh youth have participated in different sports activities. National events in the disciplines of chess, rowing, table tennis, pencaksilat, wushu, volleyball and badminton have been conducted in Jammu and Kashmir wherein athletes from all over the country participated. National winter games under Khelo India have been hosted at Gulmarg in which athletes from across the country participated with great fervour.

Transforming Governance

a) Jammu & Kashmir Government has made concerted efforts to introduce multitude of reforms like establishment of grassroot level democracy, creation of knowledge society and expansion of digital and physical connectivity.

b) More than 445 services are now being provided in online mode in Jammu and Kashmir. Offline services have been completely stopped thus ushering a new digital era in Jammu and Kashmir. e-UNNAT Portal has been developed which is the single platform portal to make all government services available for the citizens. Rapid Assessment System (RAS) enabling real time feedback on quality of service delivery has been developed and 225 e-Services have been integrated through this system. The system provides direct feedback from people and nearly 85 per cent respondents rated the services as good and 7 per cent as satisfactory. One of the appreciable step taken by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir is that all the online services are now being linked with Public Service Guarantee Act, bringing in huge transparency and accountability. The Jammu and Kashmir Government is promoting the idea of digital Jammu and Kashmir for “Ease of Living”. Transparency, accountability and timeliness have become hallmark of governance in Jammu and Kashmir.

c) The exceptional level of transparency and accountability in execution of development works is amplified through facts such as no work is being allotted without e-tendering, Administrative Approval and Technical Sanction. No payment is made without geo-tagged photographs uploaded through Photographic Record of On-site Facility (PROOF) mobile application and 100% physical verification of works. To ensure citizen participation, all the developmental works are put in public domain on real-time basis on the EMPOWERMENT/ JANBHAGIDARI portal. More than 78,811 works are being reflected on the portal for public viewing. Anyone can access these from anywhere anytime on a mobile.

d) Land records have been completely digitized and made available on Aapki Zameen Aapki Nigrani portal in the shape of scanned data of Jamabandi, Girdawari, Mutation and Mussavi of all the 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir for free access to the citizens. More than 8 crore documents of land records have been scanned and hosted on Aap ki Zameen Aap Ki Nigrani portal. Trilingual Land passbooks in Urdu, Hindi and English are being issued to landholders. Around 30 Lakh pass books have been issued and 67 lakh persons have visited the site. As a major step, change of land use has been brought under the purview of Public Service Guarantee Act. Jammu and Kashmir has become first Union Territory to distribute property cards in Abadi Deh areas under SVAMITVA scheme.

e) The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is the first among States/Union Territories to have District Good Governance Index for assessing the public service delivery at district level. Two reports have been brought out so far.

f) Two new unique initiatives Aspirational Panchayat Development Programme with an objective to provide financial assistance of Rs 10.00 Lakh to selected 285 Panchayats (one Panchayat per Block) for their holistic development and “Aspirational Towns Development Programme” for holistic development of selected Aspirational Towns has been launched during 2022-23. A Panchayat Development Index and Town Development Index have also been developed to measure the progress.

g) As a part of Aspirational Panchayat Development Programme, the fourth phase of “Back to Village” (B2V4) programme was conducted across the Union territory from 15th of October to 3rd of November, 2022. During the fourth phase of Back to Village programme, 4290 officers visited the designated Panchayats as Prabhari Officers with the core objectives of energizing Panchayati Raj Institutions and inculcating the efficiency in delivery mechanism related to various government schemes. More than 8.20 lakh people participated in B2V4 programme. 5914 Kisan Credit Cards were issued during Jan Abhiyan of B2V4, with total of 12,84,058 KCCs issued so far. 37,930 persons were covered under self-employment drive in the Panchayats, 100 per cent data of Ration Card Holders on e-PDS portal have been shifted to Ration Card Management System portal; 95,959 golden cards were issued covering 49526 new families; 3,573 water quality field testing kits were distributed in the Panchayats; 75,759 e-challan have been issued by Mining Department, 8.89 lakh persons accessed Apki Zamin Apki Nigrani Portal and 7.04 lakh land passbooks were issued by the Revenue Department.

h) As a part of Aspirational Town Development Programme, 100 officers visited the Urban Local Bodies (Municipal Corporations/ Municipal Councils/Municipal Committees) during the 2nd phase of My Town My Pride 2.0 Programme. The major focus was on the municipal finances and preparation of city specific plans to enable our towns and cities embark upon the journey of becoming Aspirational Towns. 4.49 Lakh people participated in this programme. 1,33,524 households were covered for door to door awareness drive under ban on single use plastic, 2,740 Street vendor licenses were issued and 5,002 individuals were covered under self-employment drive in the Urban Local Bodies. 38,973 golden cards were issued, 508 city plans were prepared; 53,923 Land Passbooks were issued and 2,649 inheritance mutation were done.

i) As a part of outreach programme, 34 Hon’ble Union Minister’s from various Ministries of Government of India visited in 17 districts of Jammu and Kashmir in 2022 for public interaction and gathering grass-root level feed-back on government policies. Interactions were held with representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions, other important stakeholders from trade, industry etc; which is expected to improve governance and implementation of various developmental schemes and initiatives in Jammu and Kashmir.

j) Aspirational Block Development Programme has also been initiated for upliftment of backward blocks and Rs 44 crore with Rs 1 crore per block have been provided

k) Jammu and Kashmir is 1st amongst Union territories to fully implement e-office in 300+ offices with highest 97 % disposal rate. The practice of Darbar Move has ended.

l) e-GRAS has been launched to facilitate payment of taxes and user charges electronically without visiting to the treasuries and banks. The portals of revenue collecting departments are in the process of integration with e-GRAS system.

m) Jammu and Kashmir is the first Union Territory to launch online e- Audit Application for conduct of statutory audit of departments. The e-Audit Portal is an integrated single platform tool for access of financial information of departments through BEAMS/JKPAYSYS on real time basis.

n) Government of Jammu and Kashmir has introduced E-HRMS, a unified dashboard, wherein vital service related details like appointment, postings, promotions, monthly salary slips, income tax deductions and provident fund can be accessed. More than 3.65 lakh employees have been registered on this portal which has improved transparency in maintaining the service records of the employees. An online portal for filing the Property Return Statement for employees has been developed. Around 3.50 lakh employees have filed their property returns through this online portal.

o) Social Security schemes and other flagship beneficiary schemes will be saturated for Kashmiri Migrants under special Lieutenant Governor’s Camps. Under Jan Abhiyan such special Lieutenant Governor’s camps are being held at different locations for enrolment of Kashmiri Migrants under various beneficiary oriented schemes. Further providing of security to Kashmiri Migrant Employees is the prime concern of the Government and to address the same, all the migrant employees have been suitability posted at secured places.

Accelerating Development

(a) Against 9229 works/projects under various sectors/ schemes completed in 2018-19, 12637 works / projects were completed in 2019-20. 21943 works/projects have been completed in 2020-21. During the financial year 2021-22; 50,627 works/ projects under different sectors/ schemes have been completed. This shows that the pace of development has increased manifolds and during current financial year 2022-23 around 70,000 works/projects are likely to be completed.

(b) The pace of execution of projects under Prime Ministers Development Package (PMDP) has been accelerated. Expenditure has reached to Rs 39133 crore. 29 Projects have been completed / substantially completed and another 03 projects are likely to be completed by end of the current financial year.

(c) Government of Jammu and Kashmir is taking concerted efforts to accelerate the pace of development. The road connectivity is extremely essential for the development of any region. I must inform this August House that till the year 2018, on an average, 1500 to 1600 Km of road length used to be constructed each year in Jammu & Kashmir. The same has now more than doubled to 3200 kilometres. Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir is macadamizing more than 12 Km road length every day. Jammu and Kashmir is marching ahead with its ambition of road to every village.

(d) 8.45 Km Qazigund-Banihal Tunnel at a cost of Rs 3,117 crore has been completed, which has now reduced travel time between Srinagar and Jammu from 10 hours to 5 hours.

(e) Kashmir is likely to be connected to rest of the country through rail network by the end of the year 2023.

(f) Road infrastructure by way of construction of mega highways and tunnel projects is in progress. A number of highway projects are presently under execution. Work on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway is being completed in next 2-3 years bringing much respite for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

(g) The work on 6.5 Km Z-Morh Tunnel on Srinagar- Sonamarg Road is going on at the brisk pace and will be completed during the current financial year at a cost of Rs. 2,378 crore, which will provide an opportunity for tourists to visit the beautiful place of Sonamarg in winter as well.

(h) The construction of 135 Km stretch of six-lane Delhi-Amritsar Katra Expressway falling in Jammu & Kashmir has commenced. This will reduce the travel time to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine to 6 hours only.

(i) Construction of 14.15 km two-lane bi-directional Zojila Tunnel with 14.20 km parallel escape tunnel is in progress.

(j)  Construction of 4 tunnels (4.85 Km) on Akhnoor-Poonch section of NH 144A is in progress.

(k) Construction of double laning of 35.38 Km on Akhnoor-Poonch road (NH-144A) is in progress.

(l) The expansion of Jammu and Srinagar Airports is under progress.

(m) Construction work of AIIMS at Vijaypur, Jammu and AIIMS at Awantipora, Kashmir is proceeding at a fast pace.

(n)  07 New Government Medical Colleges are being established and 15 Nursing Colleges will be made operational.

(o)  Two State Cancer Institutes will be made fully functional. Rs 881 crore are being spent on rebuilding/upgrading of 140 health institutions to be completed during this year.

(p)  Intake capacity of MBBS has increased from 500 to 1100 seats and PG seats from 513 to 593.

(q)   Under Jammu & Kashmir “SEHAT” health insurance scheme, in convergence with Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), the registration of beneficiaries has reached to 83.97 percent.

(r)  Power Generation capacity will be doubled in 3 years. In last 2 years alone, projects of more than 3000 MW capacity have been revived and put on track. Work on 1000 MW Pakal Dul and 624 MW Kiru is in full swing. 850 MW Ratle has been awarded. Pre- construction activities have been initiated for 1856 MW Sawalkote project by NHPC.

(s)  Indian Institute of Technology, Jammu is functioning from its own campus and Indian Institute of Management, Jammu to move to its campus this year.

(t) 213 projects with a financial assistance of 250 Million USD from World Bank were under taken by Jehlum Tawi Flood Recovery Project Organization. 159 projects have been already completed and 54 projects are in the advanced stage of execution.

(u) Under initiative of “Har Gaon Ek Amrit Sarovar” 4041 Amrit Sarovars have been identified, out of which 2420 have been completed and remaining will be completed before 15th of August 2023.

(v) In preparation for G20 summit meetings, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir will undertake development of key infrastructure projects under road, urban and tourism sectors.

(w) A special programme is being launched during 2023-24 for implementation of all components of action plan of two National Conferences of Chief Secretaries.

Industrial Development

(a)  The focus of the Jammu and Kashmir Industrial Policy 2021-30 is to attract new investment, creation of employment opportunities for youth, development of backward regions and nurturing of existing industrial units. As a first step, Jammu and Kashmir Industrial Land Allotment Policy 2021-30, Jammu and Kashmir Private Industrial Estate Development Policy 2021-30, Jammu and Kashmir Wool Processing, Handicrafts and Handloom Policy 2020, have been notified.

(b) Credit Card Scheme for Artisans and Weavers is being implemented with interest subvention of 7 per cent.

(c) Karkhandar Scheme announced last year is being implemented to provide fresh impetus to the craft industry.

(d)   Steps are being taken to promote Industrial Development and investment proposal worth Rs. 64,058 crore have been received involving land bank of 47,092 kanals thereby having a potential to generate employment for 2,93,689 youth.

(e) During 2022-23, till January, 2023 an investment of Rs 1547.87 crore has been received. The investment during the last 10 months of current financial year is highest ever compared to any previous financial years.

(f)  In the last three years, 500 start ups have come up which have ushered a new social revolution.

(g) Government is committed to provide training, design, technology inputs like GI tag and such other infrastructural support as are required for quality, branding and boosting global demand for handicraft products of Jammu and Kashmir.

Employment

(a) Largest ever recruitment drive has been initiated in Jammu and Kashmir. 100 per cent recruitment is based on Merit. Totally fair, transparent, and fast-track process is adopted for recruitment. Interviews upto Pay Level – 5 have been dispensed.

(b) 33426 Posts have been referred to recruiting agencies, against which 25450 selections have been made including 2436 selections of Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited. Remaining are under process for fast track recruitment.

(c) Employment generation is also encouraged through a number of self- employment schemes like Mumkin and Tejaswani under Mission Youth, Rural Livelihood Mission, Himayat, Prime Ministers Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), J&K Rural Employment Generation Programme (J&KREGP), J&K Urban Employment Generation Programme (J&KUEGP), Women Entrepreneurship Programme, AVSAR etc. 2,02,749 youth have been covered under various self- employment schemes in 2022-23 and target is to cover 2,37,000 youth by end of March, 2023.

(d) Jammu and Kashmir has correspondingly higher labour force participation which is more than the national average. The wage employment has been almost saturated.

State of Economy

Despite odds, Jammu and Kashmir has sustained the pace of development and expeditiously managed the expenditure both under revenue and development side. The overall GSDP growth during financial year 2021-22 has been 14.64 per cent (1st Revised) as compared to financial year 2020-21. The sectoral breakup shows resilience in the economy.

Primary Sector:         6.58%
Secondary Sector:     8.59%
Tertiary Sector:        18.69%

The economy is on right track and government is focusing on equitable growth in all the sectors of the economy. The economy is expected to grow at 10% and there has been significant growth in collections under GST, Excise and Stamp Duty. The GST collection is Rs 6666.04 crore upto February, 2023; which has shown a growth of 14.64 percent over the same period of previous financial year 2021-22. The MST collection is Rs. 1444.45 crore upto ending February, 2023. The stamp collection is Rs. 438.88 crore upto February, 2023 against Rs 401.44 crore during the last financial year 2021-22; showing a growth of 9.33 percent. The excise collection has been Rs 1658.35 crore upto ending February, 2023 during current financial year 2022-23 against 1443.07 crore in the same period during the last financial year 2021-22; registering a growth of 14.92 %. The overall tax collection has shown significant growth and resilience.

This season we have also seen a good flow of tourist and over 1.88 core tourists visited Jammu and Kashmir during previous year upto December, 2022. Out of this 26.73 lakh tourists visited Kashmir which is more than double than the previous highest of 12.99 lakh in the year 2016. For the first time, the world famous Gulmarg Gondola has realized revenue of about Rs. 100 crore.

Exports of dry & fresh fruits is picking up and by end of February, 2023 about 18.15 lakh metric tons have been exported.

Financial Inclusion

(a) Under Atma Nirbar Bharat Abhiyan, 65,907 borrowers have been benefitted under Guaranteed Emergency Credit Line GECL (1.0, 2.0 & 3.0) involving Rs 2488.04 crore and free rice was provided to 16,49,706 families and pulses to 16,97,820 families. Special credit facility for street vendors with an initial working capital of Rs 10000, Rs 20000 & Rs 50000 has been disbursed to 20,596 beneficiaries under PM-SVANidhi Scheme. Rs 5794.12 crore credit has has been provided to 7,86,077 KCC (Crop) account holders and Rs 825.86 crore to 1,54,604 KCC-Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (AH&F) account holders. Rs 5251.22 crore under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna (PMMY), loan has been disbursed to 2,42,828 beneficiaries.

(b) Over 50,000 units have been set up with credit of around Rs 1,018 crore from banks, providing employment to nearly 75,000 youth identified during fourth phase of “Back to Village Programme” and second phase of “My Town My Pride Programme”.

Direct Benefit Transfers

(a) All the individual beneficiary schemes have been almost saturated and we are committed to achieve 100 per cent saturation in respect of these schemes along with 100 per cent Aadhar seeding. Around Rs 1378 crore have been disbursed to more than 39 Lakh beneficiaries through DBT so far during 2022-23.

(b) In the last one year, Jammu and Kashmir recorded 11 Lakh e- transactions per day, which is about 48,000 e-transactions per hour.

Budget 2023-24

The priorities for the Budget of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir for the year 2023-24 shall be based on the underlying themes:

Good Governance
Strengthening Grass-root Democracy
Promoting Sustainable Agriculture
Facilitating Investment & Industrial Growth.
Employment Generation.
Accelerated Development & Inclusive Growth.
Women Empowerment.
Social Inclusion.
Doubling GDP within five years.

The budget 2023-24 for Jammu and Kashmir shall again cross Rs 1 lakh crore mark, an indicator of our commitment to make Jammu and Kashmir a model of development. The total budget estimates for the fiscal is Rs. 1,18,500 crore, of which developmental expenditure is of the order of Rs. 41,491 crore.

The capital component of the budget has increased substantially. The expected revenue receipts are Rs 1,06,061 crore whereas Revenue expenditure is expected to be Rs 77,009 crore, thereby making available revenue surplus for capital expenditure to the tune of Rs 29,052 crore.

The Capital Receipts are projected at Rs 12,439 crore and Capital Expenditure is expected to the tune of Rs 41,491 crore. 35% of the earmarked Budget shall be spent on development and infrastructure projects.

Socio-Economic Development

Agriculture, Horticulture and Sericulture Sector:

(a) The Jammu and Kashmir Holistic Agriculture Development Plan will be rolled out which will make horizontal change in the agriculture sector in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Under this plan, 29 projects have been approved with an outlay of Rs 5,012 crore over a period of next five years. This will transform the agriculture economy of Jammu and Kashmir putting it on a new trajectory of growth, doubling the output of sectors, boosting exports and making the sectors sustainable and commercially viable. It will herald a new phase of farming prosperity and rural livelihood security in Jammu and Kashmir and create additional job opportunities to 2,87,910 people in agriculture and allied sectors. 18,861 new business enterprises will be created over the period of next five years.

(b) Under this Holistic Agriculture Development Plan; 67,000 Metric Ton Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage space will be created with full value chain and aggregation network. Honey production will be tripled and Cocoon production will be increased from 700 Metric Ton to 1,350 Metric Ton over the period of next five years.

(c) Market-led production of food grains and high value crops will be grown in non-traditional areas.

(d) Farm power to be raised to 2.5 KW/hectare to minimize human drudgeries, reduction in cost of cultivation and ensure timely action and increase in production and productivity.

(e) The earnings from export of speciality products like Basmati, Rajmash, Kala Zeera, Mushkibudji, Saffron and honey will also increase.

(f) The area under assured irrigation will also expand from 30 per cent to 40 per cent.

(g) The gross cropped area will register rise from present 11.34 lakh Hectare to 12.50 Lakh Hectare by way of increased cropping intensity (Double/Triple cropping).

(h) Production and post-harvest losses will be reduced from 20-25% to 15-18% through post-harvest management initiatives envisaged under various schemes.

(i) Providing of Silk-Worm Seeds of improved races procured from National Silkworm Seed Organization (NSSO) to the farmers for conducting silkworm rearing. The seed to the farmers is supplied on highly subsidized rates by the Department.

(j) 200 Farmers to be provided rearing appliances to assist in rearing of cocoons on scientific lines for increasing cocoon yield.

(k) Construction of Chawki and Rearing Centre for incubation of Silk Worm Seeds for distribution of chawki reared worms to the rearers.

(l) Production of Pheromone baited traps for integrated pest management in fruit plants.

(m) Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics for automation in Agriculture.

(n) Packaging units for food items like Gucchi, Rajmash and other local forests/ Agriculture produce at Bhaderwah, District Doda.

(o) Establishment of cedar wood oil extraction and packaging unit at Bhaderwah, District Doda.

(p) International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) project to be taken for implementation during 2023-24 with funding under multilateral agency and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

(q)      Production of designer plants for promotion of High Density Plantation and Rejuvenation of Orchards.

(r) Strengthening Agricultural Marketing in Jammu and Kashmir by providing platform to the growers for marketing of horticulture produce, buyer-seller linkages for direct contact for sale and purchase of horticulture produce and ensuring more profits to farmers/ growers.

(s) Subsidy Support under the scheme PARVAZ for air transportation of perishable fruits like Cherry, Strawberry, Plum, Pear, Peach, Litchi and exotic/ organic vegetables.

(t) 2000 Metric Ton capacity cold store at Narwal Jammu and 2,500 Metric Ton capacity cold store at Mazbugh, Sopore to be established.

(u) GI tagging of local produce to authenticate and promote fruits of the Union Territory.

(v) Support under development of High Density Plantation Nurseries Scheme in public & private sector for increasing area under Mango and Citrus plantations in Hectare, Kiwi fruit plantations in Hectare, Apple, Walnut and Stone fruit plantations in Hectare.

For Agriculture and Horticulture Sectors, an allocation of about Rs. 2526.74 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs. 1239.45 crore more than previous year’s budget allocation.

Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Sector:

(a)      Under the Holistic Agriculture Development Plan milk output will increase by 75% and milk entering processing chain will be tripled over the period of next five years. Jammu and Kashmir will become self-reliant in mutton and wool production.

(b)     The Trout and Carp production to be doubled over the next five years.

(c)      Increase in milk production from 25 to 45 Lakh Metric Ton alongwith increase in milk collection/chilling from 2.0 to 8.5 lakh litres per day (LLPD) and around 3.6 Thousand Metric Ton of value added products will enter the market over the next five years.

(d)      Income enhancement of sheep rearers/breeders for greater livelihood security. Employment and income generation boost to wool processing industries.

(e)      Towards self-sufficiency in fodder development for supporting burgeoning livestock population and to narrow down the fodder deficit of Union Territory by 80%.

For Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Sectors, an allocation of about Rs. 629.70 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs 267.84 crore more than previous year’s budget allocation.

Health and wellness:

  1. The Health and Medical Education Department is regularly focusing on improved public service delivery mechanism and meeting Indian Public Health Standard (IPHS) norms through extended outreach for health care of masses and improving patient experience. The stakeholder’s feedback is assessed and ranking of health facilities is done regularly.
  2. Operationalization of modern Drug Testing Laboratory at Kathua.
  3. Operationalization of Cancer Institute, Jammu
  4. Establishment & operationalization of Cathlabs at Government Medical College Anantnag
  5. Attaining Tuberculosis (TB) free status for Districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and Kupwara.
  6. Saturation in operationalization of all Health & Wellness Centres.
  7. Training on Yoga and Wellness for 1000 Ayush Paramedics for extended outreach of Yoga among community under Karamyogi campaign.
  8. Introduction of Robotic Surgery at Government Medical College, Srinagar/ Jammu.
  9. Establishment of Control and command centre for improved patient care at Government Medical College Jammu & Government Medical College Baramulla.
  10. Strengthening of trauma care facilities in accident prone districts through optimization of infrastructure, manpower and provisioning of high-tech equipment’s for emergency diagnosis especially in areas like Doda/Kishtwar/Ramban.
  11. Establishment of 25 Urban Health & Wellness Centres, 57 Block Public Health Units, 04 District Integrated Public Health Labs & One 50 Bedded Critical Care Block.
  12. All facilities to be covered under Kayakalap.
  13. Extension of telemedicine services for Intensive Care Units.
  14. Extension of modules under Health Management Information System (HMIS) for improving Public Health Delivery Mechanism and Patient Records under Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA).
  15. Tribal Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and Mobile Medical Units for tribal areas.
  16. Effective management for day care chemotherapy in all Districts.
  17. Up-Scaling/Updation of OPD/IPD facilities under Nasha Mukt Abhiyan.
  18. Reduction in C-Section deliveries by at least 20 per cent.
  19. 100 per cent screening of school children and other sections of the population.
  20. Implementation of Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking Across States (Tele-MANAS).
  21. Implementation of e-sanjeevani.
  22. Establishment of medicine delivery system with introduction of drones for essential supplies/medicine on pilot basis and creation of drone stations.
  23. Implementation of tele Out-patient Department (tele-OPD).
  24. Unified Digi surveillance system in health sector.
  25. Health screening at panchayat level.
  26. 100 per cent screening/ surveillance of Non-communicable diseases (NCD) and other diseases.
  27. Early identification of high risk pregnancies & focus on postnatal care.
  28. Full (100%) immunization coverage.
  29. Reinforce Anaemia Mukt Jammu and Kashmir.
  30. Radiotherapy equipment to be made available at all the Medical Colleges.
  31. All 7 Medical Colleges to provide facilities for treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), ST Elevated Myocardial Infracted (STEMI) stroke and chemotherapy.

For Health and Medical Education Sector, an allocation of about Rs. 2097.53 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs 214.97 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

Rural Development:

(a)      The villages will be developed as Model Villages with all the required amenities. All villages will be declared Open Defecation Free plus status (ODF plus) with implementation of all the components of Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G).

(b)     Launch of HIMAYAT 2.0 with renewed focus on employment oriented trades for training and convergence of skill related infrastructure across the Departments like Skill Development, Mission Youth Industries & Commerce, School Education, Agriculture etc.

(c)      Under NRLM-UMEED, Jammu & Kashmir Rural Livelihoods Mission (JKRLM) will focus on gender issues by forming Gender Forums at District, Block and Panchayat Level for registration of complaints for their redressal and service sector projects. 10,000 additional Self Help Groups (SHGs) will be formed taking total number to 1,00,000 in Jammu and Kashmir.

(d)      1500 new Panchayat Ghars will be constructed under Rastriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) within the initiative of “Har Panchayat- Panchayat Ghar”. 100% Internet connectivity will be provided to the Panchayat Ghars across the Union Territory.

(e)      More than 3 lakh mandays of training of PRI members to be carried out under RGSA along with enhanced budget for exposure visits to other progressive States.

(f)      40,000 houses will be constructed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) scheme across Jammu & Kashmir for house less families.

(g)      Construction of 87250 Individual Household Latrines (IHHLs) and construction of 2500 Community Sanitary Complexes (CSCs).

(h)      More than 2080 villages to have provision for Solid Waste and liquid waste management along with provision for faecal sludge management.

(i)       More than 2080 villages to become clean and litter free and these villages will be Plastic free with provisions for grey water.

(j)      PRI members accommodation will be created using low cost sustainable technologies.

(k)      Under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), 400 lakh mandays will be generated under the scheme and it will be fully saturated with issuance of 100% online job cards.

For Rural Sector, an allocation of about Rs. 4169.26 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24.

Power Sector:

(a)      Improvement in daily hours of power supply with urban at 24 hours & rural at 22 hours.

(b)     Reduction in transformer damage rate, drop in Transmission and Distribution/Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses.

(c)      60% of energy consumed is targeted to be metered via smart meters by April 2023 and 100% consumers to be metered with smart meters by 2024-25.

(d)      Renovation and modernization works to be undertaken at existing 220/132 KV Grid Sub Stations and protection/ replacement works at critical towers and insertion of new towers.

(e)      Grid Connectivity of Gurez for reliable power supply to this border area and adjoining areas.

(f)      Underground cabling through Z-Morh Tunnel for providing 24×7 Power supply to Sonamarg during winters.

(g)      Underground cabling at Nunwan for reliable power supply to Holy Cave of Shri Amar Nath Ji.

(h)      Construction for 540 MW Kwar Hydro Electric Power project to be initiated during 2023-24.

(i)       To enhance the capacity of new 220 KV & 132 KV Grid Sub-Stations by 575 MVA and 100 MVA and existing 220 KV & 132 KV Grid Sub- Stations by 725 MVA and 754 MVA.

(j)      Laying of transmission lines at 220 KV and 132 KV level by way of HTLS Conductor and normal ACSR conductors on critical lines. This will increase current carrying capacity by almost two times, which in- turn will lead to better utilization of existing Grid Stations. Besides, it will ensure reliable and smooth power supply.

(k)      Addition to length of LT/HT network by 1324.073 Km.

For Power Sector, an allocation of about Rs. 1964.90 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24.

Tourism and Culture:

(a)      As a “Tourism Mission” initiative 75 new destination, 75 Sufi/religious sites, 75 new cultural/heritage sites and 75 new tracks are being developed and opened up so that the economic gain of tourism industry trickle down to far off and hitherto unexplored areas. The promotion of Film Tourism will be important component of the “Tourism Mission” for the year 2023-24.

(b)     Caravan Tourism, a new tourism vertical to be opened which will provide tourists a new activity and aid in promoting unexplored areas and off-beat destinations with minimal infrastructure projects. Eco-mobility facility to be created at Sonamarg, so that tourist can visit Thajiwas Glacier without effecting the environment.

(c)      To add new vertical in tourism sector, Vista Dome Services to be operationalized on Baramulla-Banihal Railway stretch in collaboration with Railways.

(d)      Road shows/events /festivals will be conducted at Union Territory, National and International level to promote tourism.

(e)      Development of water parks at twin cities of Jammu & Srinagar.

(f)      Upgradation of boat club cum water sports centre at Wular Lake to introduce water sport activities in Wular and Mansabal Lakes. Facilities will be created for water based activities at Dal Lake, Mansar Lake and Bhagliyar dam site.

(g)      Athwajan Park, Srinagar and Khadinayar Park, Baramulla to be developed for recreational activities, adventure zones and children playing zones.

(h)      Sporting activities to be conducted at new destinations like Sonamarg, Doodpathri Yusmarg, Bhaderwah & Patnitop besides at Gulmarg.

(i)       Tourist Information Centres to be established at Baltal, Chandenwari, newly constructed Tunnel at Qazigund, Teetwal and Gurez for catering pilgrimage tourism during Shri Amar Nath Ji Yatra and promotion of Border Tourism.

(j)      Promotion of traditional & cultural festivals across the Union Territory.

(k)      Women guides to be encouraged at tourist places.

(l)       Culture Centres to be established at Bandipora, Shopian, Anantnag, Kishtwar, Udhampur, Kathua, Jammu and Poonch.

(m)     All the public libraries of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to be transformed into e-Libraries.

(n)      Two old heritage sites at Shergari Complex and Old Shri Pratap Singh (SPS) Museum Srinagar to be restored and conserved under conservation of heritage sites programme.

(o)     Abhinav Theatre at Jammu and Tagore Hall at Srinagar to be repaired, restored and upgraded.

(p)     Talent hunt activities to be conducted.

(q)      New “Art Museum” at stone building, Old Secretariat, Srinagar to be constructed.

(r)      Historical fort at Samba, Narastan Monument at Tral, Pulwama, Hariparbat Fort at Srinagar and General Zorawar Singh Palace at Reasi to be refurbished for encouraging tourism.

For Tourism and Culture sectors, an allocation of about Rs 457.39 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs 54.31 crore more than previous year’s budget allocation.

 Jal Shakti Department:

  1. PHE Sector:

(a)      All 18.36 Lakh households of Jammu and Kashmir to have Functional Household Tap connections by 2023-24. Every household to be provided drinking water with minimum 55 litre per capita per day (LPCD) and of prescribed quality (confirming to BIS 10500) on regular, long term and sustainable basis.

(b)     60 water supply schemes are likely to be completed during 2023-24.

(c)      100% Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) based tanker service to be introduced in rural areas.

(d)      National Accreditation  Board  for      Testing and     Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accreditation for 20 Labs.

(e)      Digitalization of consumer records and implementation of online billing system in entire Jammu and Kashmir.

  1. Irrigation and Flood Control Sector:

(a)      Construction of Tawi Barrage to be completed during 2023-24.

(b)     Timely desilting of irrigation canals.

(c)      Completion of Hokarsar wetland sluice gates for maintaining optimal water depth.

(d)      Implementation of part-B of “Jehlum Flood Management” for increasing its carrying capacity.

For Jal Shakti Department, an allocation of Rs. 7161 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for 2023-24, which is Rs. 3191 crore more the previous year’s budget allocation.

Housing and Urban Development Sector:

(a)      50,000 Households are likely to be provided with water tap connections during 2023-24, under universal coverage of water supply to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).

(b)     Sewage management of Dal Lake, Polluted river stretch of Anantnag and the remaining towns are being covered under septage management.

(c)      13.60 Million Litres per Day (MLD) capacity to be added under project Devika.

(d)      Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) of 89.83 MLD capacity to be installed in phased manner, which is likely to benefit 6,20,565 souls.

(e)      Under AMRUT-2.0 all the identified water bodies in the ULBs are being rejuvenated in phased manner, besides, river fronts viz. Jhelum River Front in Srinagar & Tawi River Front in Jammu are being developed through Smart Cities Mission and will be completed during 2023-24.

(f)      Open Defecation Free (ODF) has been achieved in all 78 ULBs of Union Territory and 16 ULBs are ODF+. 100% ODF+ to be achieved in all ULBs during 2023-24.

(g)      Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U); 18,934 dwelling units to be completed during 2023-24 under Beneficiary Led Construction (BLC) component.

(h)      For improving access to rental housing for urban poor migrants, 336 flats at Sunjwan, Jammu are being upgraded and will be provided to the urban poor/migrants during 2023-24.

(i)       Mass Housing/New Townships/Affordable Housing for Economically Weaker Section/Low Income Group/Middle Income Group to be developed at Gund-a-Raksha & Chatterhama, Srinagar and Kot Bhalwal at Jammu.

(j)      130 projects are expected to be completed under “Smart Cities Mission” during 2023-24. This will have improved infrastructure, Integration of technologies for smart governance, smart mobility, smart health centers, development of green spaces, street lightening and promotion of heritage.

(k)      Elevated light Metro Rail in both the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar is expected to be rolled out during 2023-24 which will help the commuters in both the capital cities and also help in traffic decongestion.

(l)       An Inter Model Station (IMS) at Katra as a terminal infrastructure to integrate various transportation modes such as Rail, Road and Air to be developed during 2023-24.

(m)     Promoting circular economy.

(n)      Scheme for disposal of electronic waste to be introduced.

(o)     Introduction of policy for city mobility plans.

(p)     Establishment of “Ladies Haat” and Ladies exclusively markets at Srinagar, Jammu and other major towns.

(q)      Creation of Ekta Malls.

For Housing and Urban Development Sector, an allocation of about Rs. 2928.04 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs. 674.78 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

Education Sector:

I    School Education:

(a)      Intensive enrolment drive under Aao School Chalein to be continued for increasing gross enrollment ratio.

(b)     2000 Kindergartens are proposed to be established during 2023-24 for providing quality pre-primary education.

(c)      10 residential schools to be established during 2023-24 with preference to tribal students and students from weaker sections for accommodating in these residential schools on merit for providing them quality education.

(d)      1000 smart classrooms with LCD & having high speed internet connectivity in a class to be established in High & Higher Secondary Schools for imparting quality education to students.

(e)      Sports infrastructure including change rooms for players to be provided to 100 High and Higher Secondary schools.

(f)      500 additional class rooms to be provided in high and higher Secondary Schools benefitting more than 20,000 students.

(g)      Free text books to be provided to all the students of elementary classes.

(h)      Free uniform to be provided to all the elementary students belonging to weaker sections.

(i)       Drinking water facility and gender based toilet facility to be made available in all the Schools.

(j)      500 schools to be provided ICT Labs and 100 Vocational Labs to be established in the Schools.

(k)      Under Infrastructure/Quality Education, one residential school each in Baramulla, Shopian, Kishtwar and Rajouri Districts will be established to provide education to the wards of migratory people.

(l)       188 Virtual Reality Labs to be established in Jammu and Kashmir (One Lab in each Zone) to inculcate the scientific temper among students.

(m)     40 Robotic Labs to be established (Two Labs in each District) to help in improving schools digital equity, literacy and economic development besides, new teaching methodologies.

(n)      Yoga training for all the students to keep them fit to be introduced as part of co-curricular activities.

Higher Education:

(a)      Jammu and Kashmir is one of the front runner in adoption of National Education Policy (NEP) and will be fully implemented in the year 2023-24.

(b)     NAAC accreditation of 32 colleges will be completed in 2023-24.

(c)      Samarth “ERP eGov Suite”, will be fully implemented in 2023-24 with an aim at managing HRM, estate and inventory of Government Colleges and creating a centralized admission with student life cycle.

(d)      Higher Education Council to be made functional during 2023-24.

(e)      08 college buildings and 04 hostel buildings likely to be completed in 2023-24

(f)      04 auditoriums and 04 multipurpose halls likely to be completed in 2023-24

(g)      02 library blocks likely to be completed in 2023-24.

For School and Higher Education Sector, an allocation of about Rs 1521.87 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs 193.61 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

Road Connectivity (Roads & Bridges):

(a)      Overall, 6000 Kilometres of black-topping of roads is expected to be achieved during 2023-24 under all Schemes.

(b)     253 new projects at an estimated cost of Rs 1292 crore have been prioritized to be sanctioned under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF)-XXVIII with NABARD funding and will be taken for execution during 2023-24.

(c)      Safety audit of bridges having completed 20 years has been completed during 2022-23. Safety audit for the bridges having completed 10 years to be conducted during 2023-24.

(d)      Efforts are being put on maintenance of road/bridge assets and also for road safety measures.

(e)      Construction of 60 ongoing bridges sanctioned under different schemes to be completed during 2023-24.

(f)      “Passing Bays” on all major roads to be constructed during 2023-24.

(g)      PMGSY-III works to be started during 2023-24.

For Road and Bridge Sector, an allocation of about Rs 4062.87 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs 98.99 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

Industries and Commerce:

(a)      29 major projects have been identified for development of new industrial estates during 2023-24.

(b)     The investment proposals for setting up of Medicities in Jammu and Srinagar have been received for creation of health infrastructure in private sector. Medicities at Sempora, Srinagar and Meeran Sahib, Jammu are being established to provide better health care facilities.

(c)      The main aim of “One District One Product” is to promote local product for export. In this behalf district Srinagar & Jammu have been selected amongst the 75 districts across India for export of local products.

(d)      1500 units under Jammu and Kashmir Rural Employment Generation Programme (J&KREGP) are targeted to be established in 2023-24 involving margin money of 30 crore with employment to 9000 persons.

(e)      Exhibitions to be conducted for showcasing of industrial potential.

(f)      Workshops on capacity building/start-up promotion to be organized.

(g)      Providing of turnover incentives to boost industrial Development for entailing increase in employment.

(h)      Introduction of quality certification with branding under Handloom and Handicraft sector.

(i)       Popularization of local products.

(j)      Reducing compliances on “Ease of Living” and “Ease of Doing Business”.

(k)      Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) development policy to be notified.

(l)       Samadhaan 2.0 to be implemented.

(m)     Tie-up of MSME with e-commerce platforms to be taken.

(n)      Policy framework to support private investment to be introduced.

(o)     Implementation of unified logistic interface platform.

(p)     Creation of export hubs.

(q)      Adoption of plug and play model for key development sectors including manufacturing sector.

For Industries and Commerce Sector, an allocation of about Rs 741.79 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs 283.40 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

Social Security Sector:

(a)      Biometric Attendance System to be installed at all the Anganwadi Centres in phased manner.

(b)     Scholarship to 124300, Pre-Matric students (1st-8th) belonging to categories of Scheduled Caste/Other Backward Classes/Economically Backward Classes/Physically Challenged Persons will be covered.

(c)      All the Child Care Institutions to be developed on modern pattern with best living conditions for the inmates. 1700 inmates in 19 Bal Ashrams and 12 Nari Niketans to be covered.

(d)      District Disability Rehabilitation Centers (DDRC) to be established in all 20 districts.

(e)      Creation of Hub for Empowerment of Women (HEW) – Mahila Shakti Kendras

(f)      Establishment of GPS enabled women helpline.

(g)      Construction of working women hostels.

(h)      Training for specially abled persons.

For Social Security Sector, an allocation of about Rs 98.92 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24.

Tribal Welfare:

(a)      24 Scheduled Tribe & Gujjar /Bakerwal Hostels to be completed.

(b)     07 Transit Accommodations for nomadic population are targeted to be completed.

(c)      Milk    villages and     smart  schools will      be      established    for      tribal population.

(d)      Creation of market linkage for Tribal products like milk, mutton, sheep wool, leather etc.

(e)      Transport facilities are being made available to tribal families for the seasonal migration of their goods and cattle.

(f)      Tracking of educational, healthcare and economic status of nomadic population.

For Tribal Affairs, an allocation of about Rs 446.76 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs. 13.97 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

Relief and Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Migrants:

(a)      Foundation stone has been laid for construction of 936 flats as transit accommodation for Kashmiri Pandit employees at Zewan, Srinagar under Prime Ministers Development Programme. 1984 Transit Accommodations for kashmiri migrant employees will be completed during 2023-24.

(b)     The remaining posts of 355 out of 6000 posts under PM-Package for kashmiri migrants to be filled during 2023-24.

(c)      The cash assistance and food grains for Kashmiri/Jammu migrants to continue under SRE.

For above package, an allocation of about Rs. 1102 crore has been made for the year under Revenue & Capital Expenditure 2023-24, which is Rs. 267 crore more than the previous year.

Youth Empowerment, Employment and Entrepreneurship:

(a)      Financial support through banks and Mission Youth to be provided to youth for undertaking self employment ventures.

(b)     Under Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), Jammu and Kashmir Rural Employment Generation Programme (J&KREGP) & Jammu and Kashmir Urban Employment Generation Programme (J&KUEGP) financial support in the shape of margin money will be provided for establishment of viable business units in rural & urban areas.

(c)      Under Self Employment Schemes viz Seed Capital Fund, Youth Startup Loan, National Minority Development Finance Corporation & Women Employment Programme a target of establishing 3200 units has been set for achieving employment for 8100 persons.

(d)      40 job fairs including 02 mega job fairs, each at Jammu & Srinagar, to be organized.

(e)      06 Model Career Centres to be established at Jammu, Srinagar, Anantnag, Shopian, Bandipora and Kupwara during 2023-24.

(f)      Establishment of international workforce mobility tracking system.

(g)      Skill development programme for overseas employment aspirants.

(h)      Youth Clubs to be made vibrant for up-skilling of youth.

Sports Initiatives:

(a)      More and more sports activities in every nook and corner of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to be conducted to engage 70 lakh youth in sports activities during 2023-24.

(b)     High Performance Centres to be established in Fencing, Wushu and Gymnastics.

(c)      Two Yoga Centres will be established one at Moulana Azad Stadium, Jammu and one at Bakshi Stadium, Srinagar.

(d)      Community participation in sports to be enhanced for developing vibrant sports ecosystem in the Union Territory.

(e)      25 national events to be hosted in different sports events under Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat Abhiyan.

(f)      Cricket, Football, Volleyball and Wushu academies to be set up for institutionalization of sports learning process.

(g)      Women participation in sports and para-athletics to be encouraged.

Skill Development:

(a)      Up-Skilling of 60,000 Self Help Groups (SHGs) through customized courses and trainings in convergence with other departments.

(b)     Skilling scenario to be improved under Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) in 8 aspirational/border districts viz. Jammu, Poonch, Rajouri, Samba, kathua, Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara.

(c)      Assessment/performance audit of all Industrial Training Institutes to be conducted.

(d)      Construction of Hostels in various Polytechnics and Industrial Training Institutes to be undertaken for providing boarding facilities to the trainees enrolled in various Polytechnics & Industrial Training Institutes across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

(e)      Inclusive skill mapping of youth in Schools, Industrial Training Institutes, Polytechnics, Colleges and in tribal areas for disadvantaged youth to be conducted through UNICEF.

(f)      Construction of workshop blocks at Government Industrial Training Institute Handwara, Patan & Tangdhar to give a significant boost by imparting the technical and practical training skills to the trainees.

(g)      Creation of “Skill Hubs”.

(h)      Training workshop on wheels to be introduced.

(i)       Dynamic District & Union Territory level skill development plan to be framed to encompass all skilling.

(j)      ‘Skill Loans’ from Jammu and Kashmir Bank for aspiring candidates.

For Youth Empowerment, Employment, Entrepreneurship, skill Development and Sports Activities, an allocation of about Rs 396.63 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24.

Forestry and Environment:

(a)      Green Jammu and Kashmir drive to be carried out as an umbrella programme on afforestation. 1.50 crore saplings are targeted to be planted during 2023-24.

(b)     4290 Village Panchayats to be covered under “Har Gaon Hariyali” plantation drive.

(c)      Under “One Beat Guard, One Village Programme” saplings and other planting material of fiber, food, fodder and timber species to be provided for planting in the village common land, kachharai and wasteland.

(d)      Conserving and promoting clean wetlands in forest/ protected areas.

(e)      Fodder production in forest areas to be enhanced.

(f)      All ponds in forest areas to be rejuvenated.

(g)      “Plastic Free Forests” initiative, to be launched as a campaign.

(h)      6000 eco-clubs to be registered in schools.

(i)       De-silting of Wular Lake to be undertaken in a mission mode.

(j)      Jambu Zoo will be ready and thrown open to the people in 2023-24.

(k)      Pro Active and Responsive facilitation by Interactive and    Virtuous Environmental Singlewindow Hub (PARIVESH) 2.0 to be implemented.

For Forest, Ecology and Environment Sector, an allocation of about Rs. 207.75 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs. 68.52 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs:

(a)      100 per cent distribution of ration to beneficiaries through Point of Sale (POS) machines.

(b)     Digitalization of store inventory and complete implementation of supply chain management.

(c)      Computerized weighing bridges to be put in place at Udhampur, Kishtwar, Ramban and Doda.

(d)      Working Standard Laboratories to be constructed at         Bandipora, Shopian, Pulwama, Doda and Budgam.

(e)      Remodeling and face lifting of storage godowns at Nagrota, Rajouri, Khanabal, Kulgam and Beerwah.

(f)      Implementation of e-rupee transactions in deliverance of public distribution services.

For Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, an allocation of about Rs.

390.87 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs. 21.49 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

Science and Technology:

(a)      Under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Component “B”, around 4000 Solar Agriculture Pumps will be installed during 2023-24.

(b)     Under PM-KUSUM Component “C”, 5000 solar agriculture pumps will be taken up for installation during 2023-24 replacing the existing agriculture grid connected pumps.

(c)      Under Jammu Solar City Project, against total sanctioned target of 200 Megawatt Rooftop Solar Power Plants, around 80 Megawatts in aggregate to be achieved in 2023-24, covering around 20,000 households.

(d)      Under Rooftop Solar Power Plants for domestic sector funded by Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), 3000 households will be covered to achieve installed capacity of 10 Megawatts during 2023-24.

(e)      Under Srinagar Smart City Project, around 3 Megawatt Rooftop Solar Power Plants will be installed in Srinagar city.

(f)      In first phase 50 buildings of Srinagar city and 20 other government buildings in different districts will be identified for providing grid connected rooftop solar power plants. The target will be to cover all the government buildings in a mission mode.

(g)      Around 72 Megawatts aggregate capacity of small hydro power projects ranging from 2-10 Megawatts to be allotted to IPPs during 2023-24.

(h)      Construction of Energy Bhawan at Channi Himmat, Jammu to be completed by end of 2023-24.

(i)       Innovation and dissemination center within the premises of Sub- Regional Science Centre, Lal Mandi, Srinagar to be established. This project will provide the impetus for creation of start-ups.

(j)      Demonstration farms of aromatic and medicinal plants to be established in various districts of the Union Territory.

(k)      Financial support to be provided to 100 Research and Development projects during 2023-24.

(l)       Process for establishment of Sub-Regional Science Centre, Jammu to be taken in collaboration with National Council of Science Museums, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

For Science & Technology, an allocation of Rs. 109.85 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs. 37.00 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

Cooperative Department:

(a)      Restructuring of cooperative banks for enabling them to become profitable.

(b)     Core banking solution to be adopted by all the cooperative banks and starting of internet banking facility thereof.

(c)      Digitalization and compilation of data of all cooperative societies in Data Base Management System (DBMS).

(d)      80 new food processing units to be setup and made functional. This will lead to growth in income of cooperatives and employment generation for youth.

(e)      Members of all “Artisan Cooperative Societies” to be saturated with Artisan Credit Cards.

(f)      Modernization of super bazars at Jammu, Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla & Budgam to be initiated and expediting construction of new cooperative super bazars at unexplored locations.

(g)      Computerization of Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS), enabling their electronic linking with District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs).

(h)      Establishment of Women led Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs).

For Cooperatives, an allocation of Rs 25.00 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs. 10.00 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

Revenue Department

(a)      Legacy data of last 20 years to be scanned, digitized and uploaded on National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS) Portal/ UT Data Centre.

(b)     Installation of Safety equipment’s to prevent any damage to the record of registration documents for the Sub-Registrar offices.

For Revenue Department, an allocation of Rs 59.50 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs 12.65 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation.

Transport Department:

(a)      Scrapping policy of old vehicles in Transport Sector

(b)     Introduction of buses and pink taxies for women.

(c)      Women only bus drivers and conductors to be introduced.

For Transport Department, an allocation of Rs 54.39 crore has been made under Capital Expenditure for the year 2023-24 which is Rs 9.39 crore more than the previous year’s budget allocation

Security related activities:

(a)      Police Border posts to be created in all the border districts of the Jammu and Kashmir.

(b)     Crime Organization to be strengthened.

(c)      Construction and erection of dominant towers/jammers in Jails.

(d)      Construction of 02 hostels for wards of police martyrs.

(e)      Construction of police housing colonies across Jammu and Kashmir.

(f)      Up-gradation of Police Hospitals and Police Public Schools.

(g)      Construction of 02 hostels for wards of armed forces (Ex-Servicemen).

(h)      Modernization of existing Fire & Emergency Service Stations with procurement of latest technology driven instruments.

(i)       Construction of Narcotic Lab at Forensic Science Laboratory, Srinagar and Toxicology & Narcotic Lab at Forensic Science Laboratory, Jammu.

(j)      Construction and up-gradation of Physics & Ballistic Division at Forensic Science Laboratory, Jammu & Srinagar.

(k)      CCTV Surveillance system to be completed in all police stations and police posts.

(l)       CCTV cameras with command and control centre at public places.

For Security Related Activities, an allocation of Rs 1,197 crore has been made for the year 2023-24.

Financial Reforms/e-governance Initiatives:

(a)      e-Office to be extended to all the offices of the Jammu and Kashmir.

(b)     e-billing system Public Works Online Management, Monitoring & Accounting System (PWOMAS) to be extended in all the Engineering Departments.

(c)      All the services and beneficiary-oriented scheme to be made 100% online.

(d)      PM-Gati Shakti to be fully implemented in all the Departments.

(e)      Universal transition to High Security Registration Plates and implementation of vehicle tracking platform to ensure continuous monitoring of all vehicles especially for safety of women.

(f)      Intelligent Ticketing Management System to be introduced in Jammu and Kashmir Road Transport Corporation.

(g)      Creation of online Census Management System by way of development of Mobile App.

(h)      Introduction of GST data Triangulation.

(i)       Creation of e-invoice system of GST.

(j)      Transition of GST-IN into GST-Prime.

(k)      Linking of e-way bill to FASTag & VAHAAN.

(l)       Creation of single unique helpline by IT Department.

(m)     Capacity building framework through inter- state knowledge exchange programme.

Supplementary Grant for the Current Financial Year 2022-23:

(a)      The original grant for the financial year 2022-23 was Rs 1,12,950 crore. During the course of year from 1st April, 2022 to 31st March, 2023 an amount of Rs. 3711.7176 crore shall be withdrawn in excess of grant under the relevant Demands out of the Consolidated Fund of Union Territory 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 increase in salaries due to hike in DA @ 4%, annual increment, grant-in-aid, subsidy and other revenue expenses including pension and other retirement benefits, increased capital allocation under different sectors like Irrigation & Flood Control Projects, Tribal Sub Plan Projects, Skill Development Projects etc.

(b)     The Supplementary Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation Bill No (01) is proposed to be presented to authorize payment and appropriation of Rs. 3711.7176 crore from and out of the Consolidated Fund of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for the period w.e.f 1st April, 2022 to 31st March, 2023.

  1. BUDGET ESTIMATES OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2023-24 FOR UNION TERRITORY OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR:

(a)      The total receipts of 2023-24 are estimated at Rs 1,18,500 crore. Of which, Rs.1,06,061 crore are revenue receipts, Rs. 12,439 crore are capital receipts and Rs 30,000 crore are Ways & Means Advances. The own  revenues  both  tax  and  non-tax  are  estimated  to  be Rs. 34,942 crore. In addition to this, Rs 35,581 crore are to flow as central assistance and Rs. 26,786 crore as CSS/ PMDP to Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

(b)     Given these receipts, the total expenditure is estimated to be Rs 1,18,500 crore of this, capital expenditure would be Rs 41,491 crore and revenue expenditure Rs 77,009 crore.

(c)      The Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation Bill No (02) is proposed to be presented to authorize payment and appropriation of Rs 1,48,500 crore from and out of the Consolidated Fund of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for the period w.e.f 1st April, 2023 to 31st March, 2024.

Fiscal Indicators:

(a)      The tax/GDP ratio is projected at 8.82 % for 2023-24 which is higher than the previous year of 7.77 %.

(b)     Debt/GDP ratio for 2023-24 is 49 %.

(c)      GDP growth for the year 2023-24 has been projected at Rs. 2,30,727 crore which shows a growth of 10 % over the previous year.

  1. Mr. Speaker Sir, with these words, I commend the Supplementary Budget (for 01.04.2022 to 31.03.2023), and Budget for the year 2023-24 of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir to this August House for further consideration.

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