Announcing 3 new schemes
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday announced three new schemes – Integrated Development of Agriculture and Allied Sectors, Aspirational Cities and Aspirational Panchayats – that will help the Union Territory reach new heights of progress.
Announcing the new schemes at a press conference here, Sinha said, “Jammu and Kashmir has decided to move forward to reach new heights of success and will be a role model for the entire country in the years to come.”
The projects were recently approved by the Board of Directors headed by the Govt.
In July this year, the UT administration constituted an apex committee for integrated development of Agriculture and Allied Sectors, which included eminent personalities including former ICAR DG Chairman Dr. Mangala Rai and NRAA Executive Director Dr. Ashok Dalwai. were respectable people. Specialized in agriculture, planning, statistics and management.
The committee, which is on mission mode, has come up with a comprehensive plan in the form of 29 projects covering all sectors under APD within a record time of five months, the official handbook said.
“Having studied the content, expected results and results of the projects decided by the committee, I am confident that a new revolution is about to be made in the capital’s agriculture and related sectors. J&K is determined to move forward to reach new heights of success,” Sinha was quoted as saying.
Projects approved by the Board of Directors and costing Rs.500. 5013 million over the next five years will transform J&K’s agricultural economy and put it on a new growth path, doubling the sector’s output, increasing exports and making the sector sustainable and commercially viable. This will herald a new phase of farmers’ prosperity and rural livelihood security in J&K.
These 29 projects will almost double the output of the sectors, increase exports and make the sectors sustainable and commercially viable. These gains must reach the bottom of the pyramid through the efficient use of food, feed and industrial bioresources, and must be ecologically sustainable, the official guide says.
It said, “The production of agricultural products from Rs 37,600 crore will increase from Rs 28,142 crore to over Rs 65,700 crore annually, resulting in a growth rate of 11 per cent in the sector.”
It said the interventions would create employment opportunities for more than 2.8 million youth and create about 19,000 enterprises. More than 2.5 million people in a variety of industries including seed production, precision vegetable farming, beekeeping, cocoon farming, mushroom farming, integrated and organic agriculture, high density fruit farming, processing, dairy, sheep and livestock farming. should be specialized in agriculture. poultry farming as well as feed production. In the next five years, UT will have a skilled and motivated workforce for agribusiness in a commercially viable and ecologically sustainable agricultural ecosystem, the handout read.
“I am confident that the future J&K will be a model for agricultural activities and a prosperous farming society,” the LG said.
J&K UT is also implementing “Aspirational Panchayat Development Program (APDP)” in UT of J&K to select 285 most backward Panchayats (One Panchayat per Block) for comprehensive development.
A total of 100 measurable indicators have been identified in 9 sectors, including Agriculture and related activities (06 indicators), Health and nutrition (11), Education (13), Rural development and sanitation (07), and beneficiary-oriented schemes. said the representative. (04), Skill Development (04), Basic Infrastructure (17), Environment (05) & Good Governance (33) will give an idea of the current status and progress over time.
Taking into account the importance of these sectors, weights will be assigned to each sector and sub-indicator depending on the life of the rural population.
These Aspirational Panchayats will be developed by consolidating various ongoing District/NB schemes and Centrally sponsored schemes/programmes. An additional financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh will be provided to selected Panchayats under the scheme for further development after fulfilling the conditions of Soil Health Card, Land Book, Kisan Credit Card, Shram Card issued to eligible labourers, and 100% establishment. birth, 100 percent immunization of 9-11 month old children, 0 percent out-of-school children, 100 percent solid waste collection and processing, Aadhaar cultivation through MGNREGA card, Gold card issuance under PMJAY SEHAT.
The 285 most backward Panchayats are selected from among the 4291 Panchayats (one Panchayat per block) of UTs of J&K based on the lowest aggregate score obtained for the selected 100 indicators/indicators of the Panchayat Development Index in that block.
The data will be analyzed by PD&MD to identify the most backward Panchayat in the block and share the details with all the District Development Commissioners for confirmation.
The J&K government is developing the Aspirational Cities Development Program (ATDP), Urban Reforms Support Fund (URIF) and an evaluation framework for various municipalities to support municipal reforms, the government said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Urban Development Index (J&K MDI) – 2022 is a tool for assessing the development of urban local bodies in the Union Territory of J&K against normative development benchmarks.
J&K MDI guides evidence-based policymaking, catalyzes action to achieve broad development outcomes including the Sustainable Development Goals, assesses and benchmarks the performance of municipal institutions, provides citizens with insight into the performance of local institutions, and fosters stakeholder dialogue. By doing so, URIF will provide the municipality with the financial incentives it needs to innovate on its journey to becoming an aspirational city.
Since the 74th Amendment Act of 1993, Municipal Local Bodies were constitutionally recognized as the third tier of government, municipal administration has become the central function of urban governance. Therefore, it is clear that the development and governance of the city is determined by the municipal administration. These are the main agents that push the city to become “Smart and Sustainable”.
The rating system examines the performance of the municipal sector across 7 verticals/pillars, including Quality of Life and Services; Economic ability; Technology; Urban Planning, Governance, Sustainability, Climate Resilience and Citizen Perception, including 37 sectors/categories and 138 indicators. The Urban Development Index accelerates evidence-based policy-making, measures to achieve broader development outcomes such as the Sustainable Development Goals, assesses and compares the results achieved by urban institutions, and empowers citizens to understand and hold local institutions accountable.
Based on the performance of these cities as per the benchmarks in J&K MDI-2022, the best performing municipalities will be incentivized and rewarded with additional assistance in the form of URIF (Urban Reform Support Fund). It will also provide for capacity building and gap filling of these municipalities.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that people’s aspirations are fulfilled,” LG said.