J&Ks interim budget full of commitment, vision: BJP

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SRINAGAR: Senior BJP leader and party’s J&K spokesman Altaf Thakur Monday hailed the interim budget of Rs 592364 Cr 2024-25 stating that it’s the Prime Minister Narendera “Modi-model” purely aimed at giving relief to poor lot and to improve infrastructures of all sectors including school and reaching to poor.

Thakur in a statement issued hailed the vision of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and appreciated her for presenting a people-friendly budget.

Thakur said that Rs 2959 Cr have been provisioned for tap-water connectivity for rural areas under Jal Jeevan Mission with Rs 532 crore as UT Share, stating that the efforts of giving tap water to every house. The BJP leader said Rs 934 Cr for transforming agriculture and allied sectors of the UT through the Holistic Agriculture Development Programme (HADP), including provisions for IFAD funded J&K Comprehensive Investment Plan (JKCIP), is a big step towards shaping the Agriculture sector in J&K which will ultimately provide big relief to farmers.

Thakur said that Rs 1907 Cr for rejuvenating school education infrastructure and services through funding under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan is another step towards giving new direction to the education sector. “This is indeed a step towards shaping the new generation of the UT,” he said. Thakur said that the provision of improving road connectivity with 1683 Cr for PMGSY roads, Rs 300 Cr for CRF roads, and ₹ 1000 Cr NABARD scheme. He said that road connectivity including construction of tunnels has been a top priority of PM Modi. Today, “We see huge improvement in road connectivity across the UT,” he said.

Thakur said Rs 1313 Cr for strengthening decentralized governance by providing for local area works of panchayat and urban local bodies. “It was for the first time that J&K saw implementation of three-tier Panchayat Raj System in J&K,” he said. “ Rs 1271 Cr for strengthening infrastructure and services in the health sector under National Health Mission mechanism.” Thakur said that Rs Rs 1093 Cr for rural housing under PMAwasYojana-Grameen scheme is also a welcome step while as a major step for poor was that Rs 1000 Cr has been kept for comprehensive social security coverage for Old aged, Widow and Disabled pensions by saturation approach.