J&K witnesses 500% increase in execution of dev projects in 4 years

SRINAGAR, OCT 11: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has instructed departmental heads to collaborate with the respective Central ministries to secure timely funding for Centrally Sponsored Schemes and ensure the completion of all projects within set deadlines.

Government records indicate a substantial 500 percent increase in the execution of development projects over the past four years.

For the fiscal year 2023-2024, the administration, according to official documents, has set an ambitious target of completing over 32,000 projects, a significant jump from the approximately 7,000 projects in 2019-2020. To facilitate the efficient utilization of funds under Centrally Sponsored Schemes, departments have been directed to engage with their corresponding ministries in the Government of India.

According to the document, the administrative departments have been directed to shift from department-oriented budgeting to scheme-based budgeting.

“Administrative departments are also transitioning from department-focused budgeting to scheme-based budgeting, with an emphasis on result-oriented budget monitoring. To enhance transparency, departments must regularly update the progress of works on the BEAMS portal, ensuring month-wise details of completed projects are readily available,” it reads.

To prevent last-minute expenditure rushes, departments are required to conduct monthly review meetings, promoting uniform utilization of the Capital Expenditure Budget throughout the fiscal year.

“In order to ensure the uniform utilization of Capex Budget over the entire financial year and to avoid the rush of expenditure in the last quarter particularly in the month of March, all administrative departments shall hold monthly review meetings in their respective departments,” reads the document.

There has been a rapid pace of developmental works for the last several years. All these projects contribute to the prosperity and well-being of citizens in remote areas, enhance tourism potential, and connect important commercial centres.

There has been significant improvement in road connectivity since Manoj Sinha took over as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. An official said the J & K government has embarked on a mission to reach out to unconnected habitations with road connectivity, and strengthen and expand the intra-UT road network, especially in rural and remote areas.

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