Will appeal to Centre for Rs 8000-cr package: Omar

Last Updated: Monday, October 25, 2010 - 20:42

Srinagar: Calling for expediting action on
recommendations of the Rangarajan Committee, Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said his government would
appeal to the Centre to grant Rs 8,000-crore financial package
as advocated by the panel.

"There is a need for fast tracking action on the
recommendations of the Rangarajan Committee both at the
central and state government levels," Omar said at a meeting
to take stock of the progress on recommendations of Prime
Minister`s third working group.

He said the state government will pursue with the Centre
the grant of financial package of Rs 8000 crore to Jammu and
Kashmir as recommended by the Committee.

He said the state officials should maintain a rapport
with the Central agencies while implementing the project of
four-laning of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

Omar also asked the officers concerned to coordinate with
Railway authorities for accelerating the pace of
Udhampur-Karta and Katra-Qazigund rail project.

On power projects, he said "this is the sector which is
the right answer to the development and all round progress in
the state."

The huge hydro-electric potential available in the state
required to be fully harnessed under a multi-pronged strategy
already put in place by the Government, he added.

He said he would meet the Union Ministers concerned in
New Delhi to push forward schemes and projects in the
pipeline. "Provide me necessary data and identify the tables
the schemes are held up, I will talk at the highest level to
push these forward."

The Chief Minister constituted a Standing Committee to
monitor the progress of works and ensure coordinated approach
in implementing the schemes.

PTI



First Published: Monday, October 25, 2010 - 20:42

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