Advisor reviews CAPEX budget, CSS of Agri, Horti Depts
Jammu, Mar 16: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar directed the officers to ensure that timely expenditure of funds and achieving the objectives of plan qualitatively should be the core of governance while implementing various schemes.
The Advisor made
these comments while taking a detailed review of CAPEX budget and other
Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) of Agriculture Department at Civil
Secretariat here today.
The meeting was
attended by Secretary Agriculture and Horticulture Department, Manzoor Ahmad
Lone; Director Agriculture, Jammu, Inderjeet; Director Sericulture, Jammu, M.A
Qadri; Director Command Area Development, Jammu, Smita Sethi while as Director
Agriculture Kashmir, Aijaz Andrabi participated in the meeting through video
Speaking in the
meeting, Advisor Bhatnagar said that Agriculture is the backbone of the nation
and contributes a fair portion in the GDP of this country. He emphasised that
70% of the population directly or indirectly is associated with this sector so
a good policy implementation is the need of the hour. He stressed upon the
officials to utilise the money efficiently besides maintaining the quality of
The Advisor also
directed the officials to monitor the works in the field constantly so that
proper performance is managed as well as money is utilised with efficiency.
Bhatnagar urged the officials to increase the coverage under Centrally
Sponsored Schemes and under National Saffron Mission besides increasing the sphere
of Soil Health Card scheme by including the uncovered areas.
Horticulture while speaking in the meeting informed that Rs. 52.43 crore have
been spent under the CAPEX budget while as Rs.22.07 crore have been spent
through various centrally sponsored schemes. He also informed the meeting about
the coverage of beneficiaries in various schemes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima
Yojana (PMFBY), National Saffron Mission, Kissan Credit Card Scheme, Soil
Health Card and other beneficiary oriented schemes.
about ongoing projects as well works under languishing projects, the Secretary
informed the meeting around 41 projects under CAPEX will be completed by March
end while as 7 projects under languishing scheme will be completed by this month.
Advisor Bhatnagar also chaired the review meeting of CAPEX budget and other
Centrally Sponsored Schemes of Horticulture Department.
Speaking in the
meeting, the Advisor maintained that horticulture sector is the lifeline of
Jammu and Kashmir and is a major contributor towards our GDP.
He further said
that the sector provides employment to a large chunk of population and has a
potential of creating more employment avenues if exploited properly.
established that timely expenditure of the approved plan and funds should be
the priority of the department without compromising on the quality of works
executed. He also laid emphasis on the fact that our focus should be to
maintain price reasonability by proper tendering as well as requisite
procurements through GeM.
stressed on bringing the fallow land under cash crops so that income generation
gets a boost at the grassroots level.
also took stock of the ongoing projects and directed the concerned to complete
them within stipulated deadlines so that common people get benefitted soon.
Horticulture, Manzoor Ahmad Lone informed the meeting that about Rs. 36.65
crore have been spent under CAPEX budget, Rs.46.82 crore under MIDH and
Rs.11.04 crore under PMDP.
The meeting was
also informed that about Rs.37.56 crore have been disbursed by the department
among various beneficiaries as a subsidy component for Pack Houses, Vermi
Compost, Horticulture Villages, CA stores etc.
informed the meeting that the department is expanding rapidly and around 690
hectares of land have been brought under horticulture this year while as 34
hectares of senile orchards have been rejuvenated. He also informed the meeting that 11.15
hectares of area has been brought under protected cultivation besides 191 Vermi
compost units have been established to promote organic farming among the
Agriculture and Horticulture, the meeting was attended by Director Horticulture
Jammu, Ram Sevak; Managing Director JKHPMC, Shafat Sultan and other officers
while as Director Horticulture Kashmir, Aijaz Ahmad Bhat participated in the
meeting through video conferencing.